Third vote looms as op­po­si­tion blocks deal

The Myanmar Times - - World -

SPAIN’S main op­po­si­tion So­cial­ist party has re­fused to back Prime Min­is­ter Mar­i­ano Ra­joy’s ef­forts to form a mi­nor­ity govern­ment, push­ing the coun­try closer to its third gen­eral election in a year.

Spain has been with­out a govern­ment for eight months fol­low­ing two in­con­clu­sive elec­tions. Mr Ra­joy’s con­ser­va­tive Pop­u­lar Party (PP) has won both bal­lots but failed to reach an ab­so­lute ma­jor­ity.

Mr Ra­joy on Au­gust 28 clinched a deal with the up­start Ci­u­dadanos, a lib­eral party, to sup­port him in this week’s con­fi­dence vote but still needs the back­ing of the So­cial­ist party to pre­vent a third round of elec­tions.

With Ci­u­dadanos’ sup­port and the vote of a deputy from the Ca­nary Is­lands, Mr Ra­joy has se­cured 170 votes in the 350-seat lower house, six short of the ma­jor­ity needed in to­day’s vote to form a govern­ment.

In a sec­ond con­fi­dence vote to take place on Septem­ber 2, Mr Ra­joy only needs a sim­ple ma­jor­ity but for that he would need the So­cial­ists to ab­stain.

If there is no break­through two months af­ter to­day’s par­lia­men­tary bal­lot, vote-weary Spa­niards will be asked to re­turn to the polls on De­cem­ber 25. –

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