Rajoy turns down Spain government offer
Friday, 22 January 2016 22:17
Rajoy turns down Spain government offerImage copyrightReutersImage caption Spain's King Felipe made the nomination after meeting the party leaders, including Mariano Rajoy (right), on Friday

Spain's acting Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy, has turned down the offer of King Felipe to be the first candidate to try to form a government.

Mr Rajoy said he did not have the support to win a confidence vote in parliament, necessary to take office.

Earlier the leader of Spain's Socialists (PSOE) cautiously backed the idea of forming a "progressive" leftist government with Podemos (We Can).

December's election result was inconclusive.

Mr Rajoy's Popular Party (PP) won, but without a clear majority. Both the PSOE and Podemos (second and third in the election, respectively) have ruled out forming a coalition government with the PP.

New negotiations

King Felipe nominated Mr Rajoy to form a government on Friday after a week of talks with party leaders.

A fresh round of negotiations is due to start on Wednesday after the acting PM turned down the offer.

In a statement published by the PP, Mr Rajoy said he would continue to fight to lead the government but "right now I do not have the majority of votes in favour".

A future government must win a confidence vote in parliament in order to take office. Without parliamentary approval, the country would have to hold a fresh election.

Mr Rajoy said "the most important thing [for the country] is to give a message of stability".

Image copyrightAFPImage caption There is talk now of Socialist leader Sanchez (right) possibly reaching a deal with Podemos

Correspondents say the king is likely to ask the opposition PSOE's Pedro Sanchez to try to form a new administration.

It is the first time in 40 years that the monarch has had such an influential role after an election. For decades the PP and PSOE alternated in power, with secure majorities.

The former king, Juan Carlos, oversaw Spain's democratic transition after the death of nationalist dictator Gen Francisco Franco in 1975.

'Government of change'

Mr Rajoy's announcement on Friday came just hours after Mr Sanchez said he was open to an idea put forward by Pablo Iglesias, leader of left-wing Podemos, for a "progressive" leftist coalition.

Mr Iglesias earlier said he had told the king of "our desire to form a government of change with the Socialists and the United Left [IU]", and that he would seek the post of deputy prime minister.

Podemos politicians should also get the social policy, economy, defence and interior ministry posts, he added.

Spain country profile

Uncertain future for Spain after election

Image copyrightAPImage caption King Felipe (left) first met Pablo Iglesias, whose Podemos party wants to be in a left-wing government

Mr Sanchez said reaching an agreement on policies must be the first step: "The logical thing is to discuss policies and then to discuss a possible government formation.

"Podemos and PSOE voters would not understand it if Pablo Iglesias and myself did not agree."

'Social emergency'

The PSOE says it will only consider a leftist coalition with Podemos if the latter drops its support for an independence referendum in Catalonia.

Between them, the PSOE, Podemos and the United Left would still fall short of an overall majority, having won a combined 161 seats in the 350-seat Congress.

Mr Iglesias says his priority is "social emergency" legislation to help families threatened with eviction and other socially vulnerable groups, such as poor pensioners.

Many Catalans want a referendum on independence but Podemos is the only one of Spain's major parties to back the idea.

There is speculation now that Podemos might give way to the PSOE on that issue, in order to reach a coalition government deal.

2016Moscow to Make Own Decisions on Russian Territory

Russia13:00 31.03.2016(updated 13:12 31.03.2016) Get short URLMOSCOW (Sputnik) — Russia will make its own decisions on what to do on its own territory, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Thursday, commenting on Ukraine's new security strateg [ ... ]

2012Russian spy report 'to be secret'

20 September 2012 Last updated at 11:57 GMT Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. The death of Mr Litvinenko led to a major diplomatic incidentA police report into the death [ ... ]

2012General who deployed troops in Moscow in 1991 dies

The cause of death of Russia's former Defense Minister Pavel Grachev, who died on September 23, still remains a mystery. According to unofficial reports, the 64-year-old general died at Vishnevsky's Hospital after a stroke. It was also said that the  [ ... ]

source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-35380086#sa-ns_mchannel=rss&ns_source=PublicRSS20-sa


Classified Ads

Classified Ads