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Spain's Podemos leader survives vote of confidence over home buying



  Pablo Iglesias and Irene Montero at a press conference to buy a house in Madrid, Spain, May 19, 2018

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We can buy this house, Pablo Iglesias and Irene Montero said party supporters

The party leader of the Spanish Podemos party (We Can) and his partner have survived a vote of confidence in their decision to buy a luxury house.

Pablo Iglesias and Irene Montero, the spokeswoman for the party, were charged with hypocrisy for spending € 600,000 (£ 527,000, $ 700,000) for a home with swimming pool and guest quarters.

Mr Iglesias has previously criticized politicians who live in villas.

The pair received 68.4% of nearly 1

90,000 votes cast.

Earlier this month, they called for online voting after protesting about their decision to buy the house on the outskirts of Madrid.

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Some rank and The deputies said that this undermined the credibility of the party.

Voters were asked, "Do you think Pablo Iglesias and Irene Montero should continue to be party leaders and party spokespeople?"

The couple expecting twins defended the Iglesias, born in 1965, founded Podemos in January 2014 with a group of left-wing university lecturers.

The party had grown from an anti-austerity protest movement calling for radical change in the face of rising unemployment and civil service cuts

Mr Iglesias said that his success was the birth of a "new Spain" and the death of decades of two Party politics meant.

He has already done so with the fact that he lived in humble quarters in Madrid's Vallecas neighborhood and bought his clothes in supermarkets.


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