Despite the election victory of the Conservatives: Socialists prevail in the parliamentary presidential election in Spain

Despite the election victory of the Conservatives: Socialists prevail in the parliamentary presidential election in Spain

In Spain, the Socialists of the incumbent Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez pushed through her candidate in the election of the President of the new Parliament. This could be a sign that Sanchez could succeed in organizing the necessary majorities and staying in office himself.

The conservative People’s Party (PP) was in the general election in July strongest political force ahead of the socialists (PSOE). So far, however, the PP has not succeeded in forging a government.

The future speaker of the parliament, Francina Armengol, received 178 yes votes from a total of 350 MPs at the constituent session of the parliament on Thursday. She was supported by parties that Sanchez also needs to form a government.

Armengol last won the region of Balearic tourist islands of Mallorca, Ibiza, Menorca and Formentera ruled since 2015. In May 2023, she lost power to an alliance of PP and the right-wing Vox party in regional elections.

Armengol was supported in Madrid by the Esquerra Republicana party, as reported by its leader Gabriel Ruffian. his party campaigns for the independence of Catalonia from Spain. The Junts party also wants to achieve this. According to numerous media reports, she also supported the socialist. The left-wing movement Sumar announced from the start that it would support the PSOE.

Sanchez has been Prime Minister of the southern European country since 2018 and is a close ally of Chancellor Olaf Scholz. Sanchez has led a minority government since 2020. He now wants to form the next government. At least six votes are missing in parliament for a legal alliance by election winner Alberto Nunez Feijoo. If no new head of government can be elected within two months of the first vote on a prime ministerial candidate, new elections must be held. (Reuters)

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