Socialists to vote against new PP government in Spain

Spain’s socialists say they will not vote for new government of ruling People’s Party

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Socialist Party (PSOE) leader Pedro Sanchez presides over his party's executive board meeting the day after Spain's general election in Madrid, Spain on December 21, 2015

Spain’s Socialist Party said on Monday that they would vote “no” to a new government of the ruling People’s Party (PP) that won general election but could not constitute a majority of seats on Sunday.

"Spain has voted for change. Now it's up to the PP to try and form a government... but the Socialists will vote 'no' to Rajoy and the PP," Cesar Luena, one of the senior officials in the party said in a news conference.

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s the People's Party won the general election with 123 seats followed by the opposition Socialists with 90 seats which is their worst result ever.

According to the data, the PP fell short of the majority and will need its allies to get the majority of 176 in the 350 seat parliament, if it is to govern the country for another four-year term.

Newcomers anti-austerity Podemos and liberal Ciudadanos won 69 and 40 seats respectively, breaking the two-party political system up and taking a great opportunity to create a new era for political consensus as third and fourth parties.

Supporters of the anti-austerity Podemos Party took to the streets in Madrid and welcomed the official data which showed that the two year old party came in third place by passing the traditional left-wing faction, Spain’s Socialist Party.

Spanish Prime Minister and People's Party (PP) candidate Mariano Rajoy applauds supporters from a balcony at the party headquarters after results were announced in Spain's general election in Madrid, Spain on December 21, 2015 (Reuters)

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