Leader of Spain’s Socialist Party Wins By Two-Vote Margin to Remain Prime Minister

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On Tuesday, January 7, Spain’s congress narrowly voted to reelect Pedro Sánchez, leader of the nation’s Socialist Party, as the nation’s prime minister. Sánchez had been acting as the country’s caretaker prime minister since June 2, 2018, after the previous prime minister, Mariano Rajoy, resigned following a no confidence vote.

Between Rajoy’s resignation and Tuesday’s vote, Spain had held two general elections, one in March 2019 and the second in November 2019.

Two separate votes in congress

Tuesday’s vote followed a prior vote on Sunday in which Sánchez failed to attain the 176 votes necessary to win the majority of Spain’s 350 parliamentary seats. In the second vote, Sánchez only needed to receive more yes votes than no votes.

Sánchez will lead a coalition government made up of his party and a number of smaller parties in order to maintain his government’s thin majority in Spain’s Congress of Deputies.

Two elections in Spain

After the April election, in which the PSOE had been unable to assemble a coalition government, a new election was called. Voter turnout decreased from the April election to the November election from 75.5% to 69.9%.

The most notable difference between the elections was the rise of Vox, Spain’s far-right political party. In April, the party received 24 seats, whereas in November their number rose to 52, making it the third largest party in congress.

Spain’s major political parties

UP, a populist party that has drawn supporters from the far left, refused to form a coalition with the PSOE in April, but after November’s election the two parties aligned.

The fifth largest vote-getter in November’s election was the Catalan Republican Left (known as the ERC, from its Spanish name, Esquerra Republicana de Catalunya) with 13 seats. The ERC, which is seeking Catalonia’s independence from Spain, agreed to abstain from voting for prime minister. This allowed Sánchez to win the majority. In return, Sánchez agreed to continue negotiations related to Catalan independence.

Originally published at https://themilsource.com on January 9, 2020.

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