IN A statement made on January 30 after a meeting with socialists in Madrid, Spanish Socialist Party (PSOE) leader Pedro Sánchez said that Mariano Rajoy “should give up all hope” of being re-appointed Prime Minister of Spain, “The Socialist Party is not going to pardon him”.
He went on to say that if asked, in his next meeting with King Felipe, which is due on February 2, he would accept an invitation to become prime minister and would attempt to persuade parties on both the left and centre right to support him, but not at any cost and not involving Mariano Rajoy.
He went on to say, “We want to change the government because we want to put an end to the Popular Party’s reforms.”
He then referred to the refusal by the interim prime minister to form a government by stating “If Rajoy doesn’t go to a vote of confidence, he had better go home. The PSOE will try to form a government”,
He was particularly scathing about the PP after yet another scandal over corruption broke, this time in Valencia, suggesting that the PP needed to regroup, move into opposition and elect a new leader.