Pablo Iglesias confirmed his hold over Podemos at the party's conference, known as Vistalegre II, on Sunday, beating all comers to both the leadership of the party and its strategic direction via dominance of its Citizens Council.

Mr. Iglesias beat the only other contender for the post of secretary general, Juan Moreno Yagüe (Andalusia), by a very wide margin, 128.743 votes (89,09%), to Mr. Yagüe's 15,772 votes (10.91%).

In victory remarks, Mr. Iglesias said party members had "given us an order: unity and humility".

He also claimed victory over Podemos number two Iñigo Errejón for...