Acting PM warns new Spanish government still ‘just a wish’
SPAIN’S acting prime minister has warned that forming a government remained a “wish”, in downbeat comments ahead of a crunch parliamentary vote over the country’s political deadlock.
Speaking to supporters of his conservative Popular Party (PP), Mariano Rajoy also warned that the country’s economic recovery could be jeopardised if Spain once again fails to form a government after two inconclusive elections.
Spain would be Europe’s laughing stock if voters had to go back to the polls for a third time, added Mr Rajoy, whose PP has led the government since 2011.
“The formation of a government in Spain is today still more of a wish than a fact,” he told a party rally in the northwestern region of Galicia, a PP stronghold.
Mr Rajoy’s pessimistic comments came ahead of a key first parliamentary confidence vote tomorrow over his bid to win another term in power.
His PP party won the most number of seats in both elections but failed to gain a majority and has so far failed to secure support from other parties to form a minority or coalition government.
It has been in talks with its centrist rival Ciudadanos which came fourth in the election with 32 seats but no agreement has been struck.
Even if Ciudadanos agrees to support Mr Rajoy’s PP in the confidence vote, the two political groups will still fall short of the needed majority of seats.
In the first confidence vote, Mr Rajoy must win an absolute majority.
Failing that, he would face a second vote on September 2 in which he would only need more votes in favour than against. –