The former secretary of Podemos International, Pablo Bustinduy, left politics in 2019 troubled by the breakup between Pablo Iglesias and Íñigo Errejón. Always considered an Errejón supporter, Bustinduy, who was then number one on the Unidas Podemos candidacy for the European elections, was in turn very close to Iglesias and decided not to accompany Errejón in the founding of Más Madrid. However, just a month after Errejón's departure, Bustinduy announced to Iglesias his decision to abandon active politics.
That decision is eloquent of the character of this politician: “I do not believe that I have the fortitude and strength necessary today to assume such an important public responsibility with the rigor, dedication and absolute long-term commitment that is required in this new political time.” he said, and described politics as “a complex, harsh, sometimes stark world.” Close to Errejón and Iglesias, the pressures from both parties in that breakup ended up keeping him away from politics.
Son of the former socialist minister Ángeles Amador (in 1993, she was the first woman in the position since 1936) and the engineer Javier Bustinduy (who died coinciding with her son's entry into institutional politics), responsible for the modernization of the Cercanías network. in Spain and known in his professional field for the development of the so-called “Bustinduy solution” for metro interchanges, the new Minister of Social Rights and Consumption has a degree in Political Science and completed his postgraduate degree in the History of Political Thought at the Institute of Paris Political Studies.
He was part of the Podemos team since the birth of the party and has held the position of International Secretary since the first Citizen Assembly of Vistalegre, in 2015, a position in which he was ratified by the Secretary General after the 2017 Assembly and which he left in March 2019.
Disappeared from politics since then, he began to be seen back last year at Sumar's listening events and had a very active role in the July 23 general election campaign, in whose main rallies he participated.
Bustinduy, who was a deputy between 2015 and 2019, stood out in the Congress of Deputies for his fluid oratory and his deep knowledge of geopolitical issues and international politics.