The leader and number two of anti-system Podemos have asked members to vote on whether they should stay at the helm of the political party. Pablo Iglesias and Irene Montero, who are a couple, want party activists to have the final say on whether they have done the right thing buying a luxury home outside Madrid for over 600,000 euros.
The pair, who are expecting twins, have been criticised on all sides for seemingly abandoning their principles of living like the humbler citizens they seek to represent. In a bid to overcome the complaints, they have put their political futures on the line with the vote which began online on Tuesday and finishes on Sunday. They have said they will also go if the turnout is low.