Spanish PM failed to form government, again
Spanish acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy failed in a parliamentary confidence vote on Wednesday to form a government as he didn’t win enough support from the opposition. So the country is one step closer to a potential third election in a year.
Spain is in a political deadlock since government couldn’t be formed after elections in June and December.
Rajoy, from People's Party (PP), received 170 votes of support, while he needed the minimum of 176 to form a government. Socialists unanimously voted against him.
Rajoy got favor votes from liberal newcomer Ciudadanos and a small party from the Canary Islands region. The strong Socialists objection was supported by anti-austerity alliance Unidos Podemos and regional parties from the Basque Country and Catalonia.
Rajoy will face a second vote on Friday. If no less than 11 delegates use their right to abstain, PM would need a simple majority to allow him to form a PP-led minority government.
If Friday’s vote wouldn’t finish with the good results, Rajoy will have two months to try to form a government before the third election.