9 April 2020

Spain: Sanchez continues to seek consensus with Podemos

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Spain's acting prime minister Pedro Sanchez on Wednesday said he would continue to search for alternative ways to reach an agreement to form a government with a fellow leftist party, despite "mutual distrust".

А reports citing Anadolu Agency.

"Do not lose hope, do not throw in the towel, I think that Spaniards do not deserve new elections," Sanchez told reporters after a meeting with the Spanish King Felipe VI.

Since its victory in general election last April, Sanchez's Socialist Workers' Party (PSOE) and the leftist Podemos -- seen as the PSOE's most likely coalition partner -- have been negotiating to secure a government and avoid fresh elections, though the talks have yet been fruitless.

After losing a confidence vote in parliament on July 23, Sanchez rejected a proposal from Podemos, and with it his last chance form a government in a second vote of confidence two days later.

The PSOE offered Podemos the vice presidency as well as three ministries a day before the second vote. However, Podemos demanded the Labor Ministry as a condition to invest in a new government, which was excluded in the PSOE’s proposal.

The disagreement between the parties ended in a second failure to gain the parliament's confidence, leaving Spain without an operational government 100 days after snap election on April 28.

The country will set a date for fresh general election within two months of the first confidence vote. If Sanchez fails to form a government by a Sept. 24 deadline, the parliament will be dissolved in line with the political calendar and the country will hold its fourth general election in four years.

The possibility of snap election in the fall increased with the latest political moves in Madrid as political parties are yet to reach a consensus to form a new government.

2019.08.07 / 22:14
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