SPAIN’s national political system used to be two-party, with the Socialists and the conservative Popular Party taking turns ruling since the 1980s. But all that began to change in the early 2010s, when groups like Podemos and Ciudadanos appeared on the scene. , mainly in an attempt to clean up the corruption.

Now, also thanks to the rise of far-right Vox, the political outlook is more fragmented than ever: the national government, for example, is run by a coalition of the Socialist Party and its junior partner Unidas Podemos (a union of left-wing groups). . ).

However, the administration lacks an active majority in Congress, so it must rely on support from other parties to get things done.

With local, regional and national elections scheduled for this year, the leader of the conservative Popular Party (PP), Alberto Núñez Feijoo, presented this Monday a plan to deal with this fragmentation and the problems it can cause to form governments after inconclusive elections. .

Feijoo has devised what he called an “institutional quality” scheme that includes a reform to the electoral law, and that would ensure that the candidate in the municipal elections with the most votes is elected mayor even if he does not have a majority.

In effect, it would be the party with the most votes that came to power.

The result of this, however, could lead to a lame duck administration, since opposition groups would have the votes to veto any proposal put forward.

For now, Feijoo has limited the plan to city councils, but party sources told Diario Español The country that could be extended both to the regions of the country and to the central government itself.

Such changes, however, would require consensus to modify not only the regional statutes but also the Spanish Constitution.

The PP leader has promised to make the change within his first 100 days in office if he comes to power in the general elections to be held at the end of 2023.

In the past, the party has made deals with other groups, such as the center-right Ciudadanos and the far-right Vox, to form governments, despite not being the party with the most votes. The PP currently governs Castilla y León in coalition with Vox.

Polls suggest that a PP-Vox government could be one of the likely results in this year’s general election.

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