"Pragmatic" elections In Spain?
Spanish acting socialist PM Pedro Sánchez. File photo: EFE-EPA
Madrid (EFE/EPA).- Spanish acting socialist PM Pedro Sánchez predicted that the new Spanish elections would be more “pragmatic” than “ideological”, and hoped his socialist party (PSOE) could obtain the clear support needed to govern alone this time.
The socialist leader said he did not fear the predicted large increase for the conservatives of Partido Popular (PP), the liberal-centrists of Ciudadanos (Citizens), and far-right party Vox, who could, ultimately, form a “right-wing” coalition to govern together.
Spain will hold fresh elections on 10 November since Sánchez failed to get the support of leftist party Unidas Podemos (United We Can). The acting PM also failed to obtain abstentions from PP and Ciudadanos.
Recent polls conducted for the daily newspapers El Pais (left-liberal) and La Razón (right-wing) project a “historical” abstention rate, due to increasing “disappointed” citizens, who said they don’t believe in the current political system.