PM to go through with bud­get test

Costa Blanca News (North Edition) - - SPAIN NEWS - By James Parkes ed­i­tor@cb­

PM PE­DRO Sánchez an­nounced on Tues­day evening that he would be pre­sent­ing the 2019 bud­get plan to Par­lia­ment for ap­proval.

Un­til this week, the PM, as pub­lished in CB­News, has in­sisted on not pre­sent­ing the pro­posal agreed to only be­tween the PSOE and Pode­mos be­cause it would lack MPs sup­port.

With the PP and Ci­u­dadanos warn­ing they will vote against the bud­get, the PSOE need the sup­port of Basque na­tion­al­ists (which they claim to have) and their Cata­lan coun­ter­parts who have so far stated they would not sup­port the bud­get un­til the 'Cata­lan politi­cians’ in prison sit­u­a­tion' is re­solved.

An­a­lysts even spec­u­lated the PM could call a gen­eral elec­tion in spring - even co­in­cid­ing with the lo­cal, re­gional and EU elec­tions in May.

How­ever, the sur­pris­ing rise of far-right wing party Vox in the An­dalucía elec­tion has had an im­me­di­ate ef­fect on all party's plans.

The PSOE fi­asco does no longer al­low for an op­ti­mistic forecast for the party if elec­tions are called in spring. Mean­while, the na­tion­al­ists par­ties' could face even more prob­lems if the ex­treme-right party re­sults are car­ried on to a gen­eral elec­tion.

That fear is what the PM will be play­ing on to ob­tain their sup­port of the bud­get.

Al­ter­na­tively, with the glim elec­tion fore­casts for the so­cial­ists, the PM could de­cide to go ahead with­out a bud­get for 2019 and rule ap­ply­ing royal de­crees ap­proved in Cab­i­net only.

This sit­u­a­tion could not go on too long how­ever as a vote of no-con­fi­dence would al­ways be loom­ing, so an­a­lysts now be­lieve the PM will hang on enough to push a pos­si­ble gen­eral elec­tion date back to Au­tumn next year.

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