Socialist leader Miquel Iceta is poised to become the new speaker of the Spanish Senate upon Spain’s acting President Perdo Sánchez’s proposal. This is set to be formalized on 21 May when Spain’s Parliament will officially establish the new parliamentary post holders.

Most of Spain’s senators are appointed both via popular vote, but some are also chosen by the parliaments of each of the autonomous communities.

Since Iceta did not run for senator in Spain’s April 28th elections, he will have to take over the Catalan Parliament-designated post once former President José Montilla steps down.