The Elusive Government of Spain

2016-08-12 09:20:07 / / Translated by: JC Caballero

The Elusive Government of Spain

The leader of the local central-right wing Ciudadanos party, Albert Rivera, talked about the possibility of supporting the investiture of Mariano Rajoy for the presidency of the Spanish government.

According to the local Prensa Latina news agency, Albert Rivera insinuated that he was willing to change his abstention, which was first used through an affirmative vote to facilitate the reelection of the current acting executive chief and the one from the conservative Partido Popular party (PP).

Nevertheless, he stated that it was very likely a turn if Rajoy accepted six conditions imposed by his party such as a new electoral law, the elimination of the pardons due to political corruption. Moreover, he asked the government to limit the presidential term of office to eight years or two ones, the immediate expulsion of any public post attributed to political corruption and creating a parliamentary commission to investigate the allegedly illegal funding of the Partido Popular one.

Along with the very likely Yes response by the Ciudadanos party and the also possible abstention by the Partido Socialista Obrero Español (PSOE), the still outgoing head of state would guarantee a head of the government by a minority through a second session of investiture.

The elections in Spain

Spain held its elections on July 26th given the local Partido Popular political party could not achieve to form a government in the last ones carried out on December 20th which is a situation that still prolongs the crisis on the lack of a government.
According to the professor of Political Sciences of the University of Gothenburg in Sweden, Victor Lapuente, the surveys show the discouragement felt of the local citizens before the refusal by the Spanish government in terms of reaching an agreement.
The European Union adds its pressure to the one carried out by the economic and popular sectors, Iñaki Gil de San Vicente, who is the Spanish analyst, highlighted to the TeleSur network channel that the European Union has warned that Spain would have to pay part of the debt which implies the austerity measures would be even more intense ones.

More Poverty

On that context, there are some experts who have stated that the crisis that has struck the Spanish economy since 2007, has impoverished that nation which is 9% poorer that the related average European parameter.

Regarding that date, Just Extremadura town, as an example, was under the 75% of the average European one. Moreover, Andalucia, Castilla-La Mancha, Murcía and Melilla regions have also included that group. They are data that was published by the local Memoria socioeconómica y Laboral (CES).

In 2014, there were five autonomies with a average wealth per capite which was higher to the European average one such as Madrid, País Vasco, Navarra, Catalunya and Aragón, respectively.

The local CES highlights as the most worrying aspect that there are four regions which have stopped being part of the related European average and they do not get funds from the cohesion policy for the period from 2014 to 2020 due to that assignation was carried out under the base of the corresponding information for the period between 2007 and 2009.

Extremadura region is the only remaining one getting the European funds which have already been under the 75% during all the period. Moreover, there is a survey carried by the Exceltur business association which is made of up the main enterprises of that sector. It shows the stagnation of the investments due to the concern caused by the lack of agreements to form a government and that is already affecting the 20% of the tourist institutions.

Meanwhile, the European Union, which have already some serious concerns due to the effects by the Brexit, has begun to take some measures to limit the financial damages in that bloc due to that uncertainty. Therefore, it placed a reinforced surveillance pattern that will force that nation to undergo a European verification of its accounts every three months.

In addition, there is a threat for the Spanish politicians to whom a huge fine could be applied due to the reiterated failure about fulfilling the objectives previously agreed with the European economic bloc.

The last survey

Unbelievably, Mariano Rajoy would win again the elections with almost ten points of advantage over the second political force (PSOE), according to the results of the survey that was published recently.

It describes an electoral map with practically any change in relation to the last general elections, therefore, it clearly shows a political scenery in which the blockade continue being the main feature given there is not a clear option in terms of forming a government.

The Partido Socialista is the only one with a slight advantage, but only five tenth 23% to surpass the 22.66% achieved on July 26th and that does not change its influence on the Congress. It is also quite similar the backing down experienced by the local Partido Popular which would have the support of 32.5% of the voters before the 33% shown on July 26th.

By Ana Teresa Badía

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