Spain Election: Rajoy requested to form government by King Felipe

The King of Spain has asked acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy to try to form a government after the second inconclusive election in six months.

Mr Rajoy accepted the mandate but warned he might fail if opposition parties again refused to back him.

His Popular Party (PP) lost its absolute majority in December’s election but remains the biggest party.

Most parties have declared they will not back him, including the Socialists under leader Pedro Sanchez.

“We want to change Rajoy’s government and this is why we will vote ‘no’ in a confidence vote,” Mr Sanchez said.

Spanish 2016 election results

Mr Rajoy needs to form a minority or coalition government which must pass a vote of confidence in parliament.

Spain’s political turmoil began after the election on 20 December when voters, frustrated with economic crisis and austerity measures, broke the country’s traditional two-party dominance.

After the parties filed to agree on a new government, a new election was held on 26 June where, for a second time, no party won an absolute majority.

King Felipe VI with Pablo Sanchez, Socialist Party Leader

King Felipe VI with Pablo Sanchez, Socialist Party Leader

Spanish King Felipe VI with Pablo Iglesias, Podemos Party leader

The left-wing anti-austerity party Podemos, under its leader Pablo Iglesias (R), did less well than expected at last month’s ballot

Albert Rivera, Leader of Ciudadanos Party

Albert Rivera, leader of the anti-corruption party Ciudadanos, also met the king


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By Sydney Chesterfield on July 29, 2016 · Posted in Politics, Trends

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