ER Editor: We don’t doubt this was a rigged election – said, it must be admitted, on the basis of zero evidence. Note in the article cited below from World Politics Review that Spanish PM Pedro Sanchez’s party is deeply unpopular. So how did he even get through yesterday’s election, however marginally? This is Sanchez‘s World Economic Forum page.
The situation is a tad complicated with Sanchez not achieving any clear electoral victory in this weekend’s elections, far from it. For the WEF globalist-socialist to remain PM, he has to not only get King Felipe’s VI backing (based on practical calculations), but also the support of a sufficient number of MPs (176). Without the latter, with only the first, Spain will head into another general election around year’s end. In the meantime,
… Sánchez would stay on as caretaker prime minister with limited powers: No new laws can be adopted except in emergencies.
For a little background leading to yesterday’s snap elections, see this from World Politics Review (paywall) —
Over the past few years, many European countries have begun tilting further toward the far right (ER: any disagreement with the globalist cabal’s policies is, of course, a ‘far right’ position). Spain, however, has been one of the few remaining left-leaning bastions, with its ruling socialist coalition making headway on several progressive domestic issues. But the results of regional elections on May 28 left Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez’s Spanish Workers Socialist Party, or PSOE, reeling. The polls, which took place in 12 of the country’s 17 autonomous regions and thousands of municipalities, saw the PSOE suffer major losses across the country, amid a surge of support for the conservative People’s Party and the far-right Vox party.
The following morning, in a surprise move, Sanchez called for a snap election on July 23, five months ahead of the previously scheduled December polls. He assumed responsibility for the devastating results for the left and said that general elections were necessary for voters to “clarify” the will of the people (ER: or to make sure the outcome was rigged, for the unpopular government to continue on borrowed time). The announcement left analysts debating whether Sanchez had made a clever strategic gamble or opened the door to the far right to enter government as part of a ruling coalition.
On Sunday night, conservative leader Alberto Núñez Feijóo said he would attempt to form a minority government and demanded “no one be tempted to blockade Spain.”
Feijóo argued the country has always been governed by the leader who secures the most votes, and insisted the future government needed to be “in accordance with the electoral victory.”
But in parliamentary democracies like Spain, the head of government isn’t necessarily the person who wins the most votes in the election, but rather the one who can secure the support of the greatest share of MPs — and right now Feijóo does not have the backing needed to make his candidacy for prime minister viable.
Socialist leader and current Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez, meanwhile, has a possible — though extremely complex — route to victory.
Sánchez’s Socialists and his preferred partners, Yolanda Díaz’s left-wing Sumar coalition, control 153 seats in parliament. Although the left-wing allies are unlikely to secure the backing of the 176 MPs needed for Sánchez to be confirmed as prime minister the first time the new parliament votes on the matter, they could make a bid during the second round of voting, in which the candidate to head the new government must receive more yeas than nays.
But Sánchez will have to move quickly to prove his bid to stay in power is realistic.
A break, then a visit with the king
After a grueling campaign characterized by ugly, personal attacks, everybody needs a breather. So it’s just as well that Spain’s parliament is only due to be reconvened on August 17, when MPs will be sworn in.
But once parliament is back in session, Sánchez will have to clear an initial royal hurdle.
In the days following the start of the new parliamentary session, Spain’s King Felipe VI will summon the leaders of the political groups for consultations at Zarzuela Palace and quiz them on who they think has the most support to form a government.
Feijóo will press his case and insist that, as the leader of the party that received the most votes, he should be named the candidate for the next prime minister.
While thus far Spain’s prime minister has indeed always been the politician who garnered the most votes in the election, Pablo Simón, a political scientist at Madrid’s Carlos III university, said the king’s responsibility would be to entrust the formation of a new government to whichever leader can show they have the backing to overcome the key investiture votes in the Spanish parliament.
“The king is cautious and will follow the rules set out in the constitution,” Simón said. “In other words, he’ll order a government from the person whose candidacy is viable.”
So Sánchez will need to ensure that when he shows up at Zarzuela Palace, he does so with a convincing list of supporters, preferably with several other party leaders openly indicating their willingness to back his candidacy.
If Sánchez succeeds and the king names him the candidate to be Spain’s next prime minister, the incumbent will have several weeks to negotiate with potential backers.
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