Spain threatens a continuation of the political blockade: After counting more than 50 percent of the votes, socialists lacked the lead. What does this mean? The most important answer.
Samuel Misteli *
1. What are the results?
According to more than 50 per cent of the vote, the Socialist Workers & # 39; Party (PSOE) of Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez is clearly ahead of parliamentary elections. According to the electoral authority, the PSOE came in at a good 29 per cent, but missed the absolute majority as in the last election at the end of April significantly. The conservative People Party PP came in second with about 20.5 percent and may grow again compared to the vote six months ago. more than double their mandates. The relatively new party wrapped up parliament for the first time in April. One defeat would have to be with the left alliance Unidas Podemos, which dropped from 14.3 to 10 percent. The liberal Ciudadanos experienced a full fiasco of 6.3 percent, losing almost ten percentage points.
According to the calculations, the formation of a government is almost impossible. Only a large coalition of PSOE and PP will have a full majority of at least 176 seats. Both factions were not included before the election. The only way Sánchez could solve the blockade was for other parties to tolerate a minority government under his leadership – but neither was it possible.
2. Why did the Spaniards vote again?
Because Pedro Sanchez, leader of the Socialist party, failed to form a government after his election victory in April. It was partly because of himself. In Sánchez there had been coalition talks with the left-wing party population of Podemos exploding, as one could not agree with the distribution of ministerial posts. He then asked the other parties to tolerate a minority socialist government. Political competition is not ready for that. Finally, Sanchez called for new elections.
3. What role did the recent lively conflict play in Catalonia? The question of Catalonia has led to the election campaign – all other issues are secondary. The streets in Barcelona after the condemnation of the Catalan Separatist leaders were a gift to the right. They took it with great curiosity and won a competition of ideas on how to put restituting Catalans in their place. Catalonia presides over Spain's election campaign. (Photo: Alejandro Garcia / EPA) “/>
Hundreds of thousands showed up in Catalonia following the condemnation of separatist leaders in October. Catalonia presides over Spain's election campaign. (Photo: Alejandro Garcia / EPA)
The Vox leader is the furthest. Santiago Abascal is in favor of banning independence parties in Catalonia. He also wants to stop teaching regional languages. In Catalonia, it will bring back somber memories: the days of the Franco dictatorship.
Since the conflict in Catalonia, if it rises again, provokes the blood of Spanish patriots, Pedro Sánchez also believes he can score in poverty, Sánchez has promised, among other things, the former Chief Catalan Minister Carles Puigdemont by warrant in Spain to recover. He also apologized for reproducing an article in the law banning referendums. Sánchez's proposals aimed at gathering votes at the political center. However, many accused him of the opportunity.
4. What happens after the election?
That's the big question. Much depends on Sánchez. He wanted to direct the country to a socialist minority government. If the other party allows the questionable. The alternative is a coalition government. Sánchez has two options for it: with the Podemos and other left-wing parties – or with a large coalition with the Popular Party. Sánchez excluded both options. The only sign that prepared the collaboration was Pablo Iglesias, leader of the left-wing populist party Podemos.
Again, if Sánchez failed to establish a working government, Spain threatened to continue the political blockade. And another election next year.