Act­ing PM warns new Span­ish gov­ern­ment still ‘just a wish’

The Myanmar Times - - World -

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. –

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