A general election will be held in Spain on November 10. Since the last election in April, acting PM Pedro Sánchez of the socialist PSOE party has been unable to form a coalition to give him a working majority in Spain’s lower house of parliament.
Sr Sánchez says he wants this month’s vote to, “break the deadlock and allow Spain to move forward” with a government which does not depend on “pro-independence” forces, in reference to activists in Cataluña and the Basque Country. The Catalan independence drive, along with Brexit and the economic slowdown are the biggest challenges facing Spain, he added.
However, analysts say that the outcome of the November vote could result in another complex political mix. Opinion polls during October were showing a slight drop in support for the PSOE, but a rebound for the Partido Popular leaving the two main parties seven points apart. Ciudadanos, once expected to form a collation with the PSOE, has dropped around five points and the centre-right party is now well below the Partido Popular.
Nonetheless, having spurned offers from both sides of the political divide in recent weeks, Sr Sánchez is gambling that he will win more than the 123 seats in the 350-seat parliament which he achieved in April. Experts add that a No-Deal Brexit could be bad news for the Spanish economy given the country’s close links with Britain, ranging from important major investment projects to the UK’s dominance in bringing most foreign tourists to Spain.
“break the deadlock and allow Spain to move forward”