In the next elections in Spain, the left-wing Podemos party will run with the radical left-wing coalition Sumar, led by Yolanda Díaz, Spain’s labor minister. Sumar (“add/join” in Spanish) includes several radical left parties, including the United Left coalition which also includes the Communist Party, and various local parties.
National elections were initially scheduled for December, but will instead be held on July 23rd. The decision to call early elections had been taken by Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez a few hours after the disappointing results obtained by his party, the Socialist Party, in the local elections held on Sunday 28 May in some important Spanish regions and cities, such as Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia and Seville.
In the administrative elections, the centre-right Popular Party had obtained a clear victory, even exceeding expectations, while the Socialists had only managed to maintain the government in three of the twelve regions in which they voted.