Mariano Rajoy hopes to lead government: coalition or minority

By: | Published: June 29, 2016 3:58 PM

Acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy says he hopes his conservative Popular Party can form a strong, four-year coalition government - or else be allowed run a minority one and avoid fresh elections.

Mariano Rajoy, Mariano Rajoy news, Mariano Rajoy interview, Mariano Rajoy speech, Mariano Rajoy elections, Mariano Rajoy brusselsMariano Rajoy reiterated his offer to link up with second-place, center-left Socialists and fourth-place, business-friendly Ciudadanos although both have already said they will not back him. (Reuters)

Acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy says he hopes his conservative Popular Party can form a strong, four-year coalition government – or else be allowed run a minority one and avoid fresh elections.

Rajoy reiterated his offer to link up with second-place, center-left Socialists and fourth-place, business-friendly Ciudadanos although both have already said they will not back him.

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Speaking Tuesday in Brussels, Rajoy said that if the other political groups don’t want that, ”I hope they at least let the party that won take office even though it would do so in difficult circumstances.”

The Popular Party won 137 seats in Sunday’s repeat election but again fell short of capturing the majority in the 350-seat Parliament that put it in power in 2011.

It was the country’s second inconclusive election in six months. Rajoy won in December too but no other major party would help him form a government, a political scenario that may be repeated this time and leave Spain with his caretaker government for many more months.

Rajoy, who is expected to launch fresh negotiations this week, said fresh elections would be ”madness.”

The newly elected deputies will take their seats July 19, after which King Felipe VI will consult party leaders and likely nominate one to try to form a government.

Following the December election, Rajoy renounced the opportunity to even try to form a government. This time he is expected to accept if the king proposes him.

He would then face a parliamentary vote of confidence. In a first vote, he would need majority but if he fails that he would only need more votes in favor than against in a second vote. However, without the support or abstention of the Socialists – with 85 seats – and Ciudadanos – with 32 – the bid would almost certainly fail.

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