LEADER of the main opposition party PSOE, Pedro Sanchez is probably in the most difficult position he has ever been in since taking over the reins of the party.
He saw a loss of seats at the last general election and then more difficulty at the recent local elections in Galicia and the Basque country where again his party lost seats, mainly to Podemos. Now he has accepted that there are problems within the party and is asking that he be allowed to hold a leadership election on October 23.
To add insult to injury, Mariano Rajoy is offering to assist and support PSOE in the governing of the Castilla La Mancha region as PSOE is unable to come to an agreement with Podemos. In complete contrast to Mr Sanchez who is adamant that the PP under their current leader should not retain power in the Cortes, Mr Rajoy is craftily saying that the worst thing that could happen would be for PSOE to be unable to govern in the region and therefore just wants to help.
Pundits suggest that PSOE is losing support because of their leader’s intransigence and refusal to abstain from a vote of confidence so that the PP could form a minority government and that the longer this impasse continues the stronger that PP support will become as the Spanish people are sick of the lack of an elected ruling body.
Mr Sanchez has also made it clear that if he is dismissed from his position as leader of PSOE prior to any election, he will simply stand at the next election and will certainly not resign his post.