Spain: Pedro Sanchez Pleads for PM’s Chair


Socialist party leader Pedro Sanchez is trying out his best to persuade the deputies to support him in forming a coalition government.

During a speech on Tuesday, Sanchez called on to Spanish MPs to reach a majoritarian agreement. He said to leave the politics of People’s Party behind and called to form a government by keeping the common interests in view.

“Why don’t we form a government based on those things that bring the majority of the 350 deputies of this parliament together?” Sanchez asked, according to a report by BBC.

“Why don’t we unite to form a government for change? Why don’t we get together and pass as many reforms as possible to solve the most urgent problems of Spaniards? Why don’t we vote together in favour of all issues in which we are in agreement?”

Sanchez also gave his stance about the Spanish Prime Minister and Conservative leader, Mariano Rajoy.

“We have two options. Either we do nothing and allow [conservative leader Mariano] Rajoy to continue presiding over the interim government, or we opt for a change based on dialogue and agreements. There are only two options and this chamber has to decide what to do – either we stay still or we start walking.”

Following a debate and a vote on Wednesday, Sanchez would need to secure more than half of chamber’s 350 seats to take the PM’s position, according to Daily Journal.

If he fails, then he would be required to gain more in favour of him in the vote scheduled on Friday.

BBC reports that if Sanchez fails to succeed in the votes, Parliament would need to choose a government in two months or face election on 26th June.

In 20 December’s elections, Sanchez attained 90 seats, with partner Ciudadanos, which has 40 seats. The Popular Party secured 122 votes and the far-left Podemos secured 69.

Since PP and Podemos have 191 seats, the vote against Sanchez’s could reduce his chances to be Prime Minister.

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