There won’t be a third election in Spain this year

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Susana Diaz potential new PSOE leader with Mariano Rajoy.

AT A meeting held in Madrid on Sunday October 23, members of the PSOE voted 139 to 95 to abstain if and when there is a vote of confidence in Mariano Rajoy as he tries to form a new government.

This means that with the positive support of centre party Ciudadanos, the PP will be able to take control of the Cortes and proceed with a minority government to the relief of an estimate 65 per cent of the Spanish electorate which was against the concept of a third election.

The fact that Mr Rajoy is able to form a government actually means that the opposition will have more opportunity to take action against his party in the coming weeks and months and there is no promise that the 2017 budget will be accepted by the majority of MPs.

What it does do is to give the PSOE some breathing space in which to appoint a new leader and hope that public opinion which has seen a steady erosion of support for the left wing opposition party changes so that it will have a greater chance of being re-elected in the future.

This decision has not been well received by a number of PSOE members who demonstrated outside the Madrid meeting demanding a continued stance against Mr Rajoy but the general consensus of opinion, which prevailed, was that they could only be a true opposition party if they had a proper government to oppose.

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  1. So, have I got this straight? After dumping Pedro, have the Socialists actually voted to reinstall the Conservative Mariano Rajoy as Spain’s next prime minister? And they think this is a good idea?

    Methinks the Socialist section of Spanish voters will have something to say about this betrayal come the next election. I would expect Podemos to pick up votes from this débâcle while the PSOE loses them. However Rajoy will be laughing as he regains power and the Socialists continue to squabble among themselves. The PSOE has just made a huge mistake.

    The only good thing to come out of this is that a minority Rajoy government will be unable to push through any of it’s more controversial right-wing policies against the will of the other parties – at least until the next election. That will do us all a favour, and it may even clip Margallo’s wings over Gibraltar – for the moment. The other side of the coin though is that an enforced kinder, gentler PP with a minority administration will probably just get re-elected later on – and go straight back to its old ways.

    Looks like Spain’s Socialists have excluded themselves from power for years to come – much the same as Britain’s.

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