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Political Parties

Podemos (which translate as ‘We Can') is the left-wing political party which was founded in 2014 by Pablo Iglesias, formerly a lecturer of political science at the Computense University of Madrid and currently a MEP. Podemos originated out of the 2011 and 2012 Spanish protest movement against inequality and corruption called ‘Indignados'.

Juan Manuel Moreno, 55, was also fighting his first Andalucia election. Juan Manuel was born in Alhaurin el Grande and emigrated to Cataluña with his family as an infant. He returned to study psychology at Malaga University. He became a PP councilor in Malaga town hall in 1995 and an Andalucia parliamentarian the following year.

Susana Díaz, 40, was undoubtedly the best known of the candidates in the 2015 election, incumbent president of the Junta de Andalucia and Secretary-General of PSOE-Andalucia. Since she was appointed by Griñan as his successor (and ratified by the party), she had never fought an Andalucian election.

Vox is the right-wing Spanish political party founded in 2013 by members of the Partido Popular PP. The party ran in 2014 European election, 2015 Andalucía Regional Election, National Elections of 2015 and 2016, gaining 0.2% of the vote and no seats. Vox did not stand in the Catalan Regional Election on 2017.

Cuidadanos is relatively new party whose origins lie in Catalunia as a platform of intellectuals who felt they were not represented by the traditional parties. On 7th June 2005 they presented their first manifesto and their objective to form a political party. In July 2006 they celebrated their first congress.

In June 2013 Antonio Maillo (49, Lucena Cordoba) became the Coordinator General of the IULV-CA replacing Diego Valverde. The party was formed in 1984 with the objective to transform Andalucia into a left-wing alternative. It has 10,000 militants and more than 1000 local council members with 86 mayors.

In the December 2018 regional elections there were about 25 parties standing in at least one province. Here is an overview of each of the main parties. The Spanish Workers' Socialist Party is centre-left and its Andalucian branch is very appealing to many workers across this region, in particular those in the inland rural areas and some of the cities.

This is the now dissolved Andalucia Nationalist Party, a centre-left social democracy party that focuses on Andalucia issues. Its early beginnings were in 1965 as a clandestine organization. In 1976 it held its first open meeting in Seville under the Andalucian flag as the Socialist Alliance of Andalucia and, after a number of name changes, its last name was adopted in 1984.

Formed in 2007, the UPYD is a social liberal party that rejects nationalism in all forms and wants to adopt a system of symmetric federalism with political centralization as a territorial model. The ‘Union' in their name represents the union of Spain, the ‘progressive' is their view of individual freedom, and the ‘Democracy' is their belief in radical democracy.