PSOE free way for Rajoy to form minority government
The Spanish Socialist Workers Party (PSOE) has voted to abstain in a key vote in parliament in order to let caretaker Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and his People’s Party (PP) form a minority government.
The move comes after Rajoy’s party lost the December 2015 general election but still emerged as the largest party, as they did again in June this year. But with the emergence of two smaller parties, Podemos and Citizens (Ciudadanos) a stalemate had occurred with no party able to form a government.
The breakthrough came earlier this month when the Socialist leader Pedro Sánchez, who had refused to allow the PP to form a government, was ousted from his post. On Sunday the PSOE federal committee, under a new temporary leader, agreed by 139 in favour, 96 against and with two not voting to abstain in parliament when it came to the formation of a minority government under Mariano Rajoy.
Rajoy’s party should now be in a position to form a minority government with the centrist Citizens party in a parliamentary confidence vote this week.