The unity of the Spanish left party could improve the chances of Socialist Prime Minister Sanchez for re-election

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez re-election chances after the July election received a potentially important boost after an agreement between more than a dozen small parties on the left to run on a common ticket, a deal that is expected to provide key support for Sanchez’s socialists in any post-election negotiations. form a government.

The deal, signed late Friday night, ended with days of tense negotiations and was brokered at the last minute by a deal between Deputy Prime Minister Yolanda Diaz’s newly formed alliance, Sumar, and socialists a small but powerful far-left coalition partner, United We Can or Podemos.

According to Sumar, Podemos and 14 other groups will be part of the Sumar alliance in the elections.


Sumar, which means “composition” or “unification” in Spanish, was due to be officially registered later Friday as a political group to run in the elections.

Sanchez called an early general election for July 23 last week after the Socialist Party and United We Can were heavily defeated in local and regional elections on May 28.

Fragmentation of parties to the left of the socialists has been blamed for many defeats in regional and local elections.

Pedro Sanchez

The prospects for re-election of Spanish Socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez could improve after more than a dozen small parties on the left agreed to run on a single ticket. (AP Photo/Bernat Armange, file)

The May vote showed Spain swinging hard to the right, turning the leading conservative opposition People’s Party (PP) into the country’s main political force.

Most polls see PP win in July, but it is predicted that it will need the backing of the far-right Vox party.

But a new deal between the country’s smaller left-wing parties could help Sanchez forge a new coalition government, especially since Diaz and Sanchez are the country’s two most popular politicians.

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“While a post-election NP-led government is the most likely scenario at this stage, a surge in support for left-wing parties could still help Sanchez stay in power,” said Antonio Barroso, deputy director of research. Teneo London Think Tankin a note this week.

“Without such a deal (unity of the left party), the distribution of votes between different parties is likely to hurt the left, making it easier for PP and Vox to reach the threshold of 176 seats,” he added.

Sumar did not participate in the May elections.


The Socialists have led a minority coalition government since 2019, but internal divisions with United We Can and several controversial laws have taken their toll.