SPAIN TO SET FORTH ELECTION IN FOUR YEARS


18/09/2019




İrem UZUN -TDO-  As attempts to form a government collapse, Spain faces to hold a fresh election on 10 November. On Tuesday, Spain's caretaker prime minister, Pedro Sanchez, called a snap election after failing to secure support from rival parties to confirm him as premier and allow him to form a government.

Although Mr Sánchez’s Socialists easily topped the last poll, in April, with 29 per cent of the vote, they fell far short of an overall majority in the chamber of deputies, and the prime minister has since proved unable to win the necessary backing of other parties. In an evening press conference, Mr Sánchez blamed the opposition for the political deadlock.

He accused citizens, the conservative People’s party (PP) and Unidas Podemos of “choosing to block the formation of a government that the Spanish people demanded at the ballot box”, but said he hoped voters would again rally to what called the PSOE’s “progressive path”. On the other hand, the Podemos leader, Pablo Iglesias, accused Sánchez of making “an error of historic proportions” and said the acting prime minister did not understand the nature of multi-party politics.

Recent polls have suggested the socialists would again finish first but would again fail to secure a majority. They predict the PP would finish second, picking up more seats than in April, while Citizens is expected to fare very badly, losing between 19 and 23 seats.


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