In Spain, the centre-right Popular Party led by Alberto Núñez Feijóo has launched an attempt to form a government two months after early parliamentary elections.
Parliamentary debates on the government’s approval started on Tuesday, September 26, and the vote will occur on September 27, Reuters reported. An absolute majority of votes is required to approve the government.
A second vote is scheduled for September 29, which requires only a simple majority.
If Feijoo fails to form a government, acting Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, who leads the Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party (PSOE), will have two months to form a government with his proposal. If he fails, the parliament will be dissolved, and new elections will be called.
Feijoo’s Popular Party (137 seats), with the support of the far-right Vox (33 seats) and the regional parties Navarre People’s Union (1 seat) and Canary Coalition (1 seat), will be able to secure 172 votes. They are four votes short of a majority.
Other smaller parties have refused to provide their votes, saying they do not want to contribute to a coalition involving a far-right party.
At the same time, the PSOE can probably count on 171 seats with the support of the left-wing radical party Sumar, the Catalan pro-independence party Esquerra, the Basque separatists EH Bildu, the Basque Nationalist Party and the Galician Nationalist Bloc.