Re-Election Set For June 26th, Spanish King Confirms
|Spain had been doing well in spite of having no Government|
The last vote was held on December 20th of last year and no party managed to reach a majority. Six months of negotiations between the parties has so far failed to bring together a coalition so a re-election must be held.
The Spanish King used his authority as the head of state to call another election. The date, 26th of June, will be just a few short days after the British will vote on the EU Referendum and a few days before EU leaders will gather at Brussels for their June 28th summit.
A recent opinion poll has suggested that former Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, the head of the People’s Party (PP) has become slightly more popular since last December. He now has 29% support, slightly up from the 28% he was at last year.
The biggest rival of the People’s Party is the Socialist party. They have seen a small drop in popularity as they went from 22% to 20.3%. The anti-austerity left-wing wing party Podemos has also suffered from a dip in popularity. They went from 20.7% to 18.1%.
The only party to see a significant rise in popularity is the central party Ciudadanos. They have gone up from 13.9% to 17%.
These changes in telecommunications and popularity suggest that Spaniards agrowth of the economy and are less interest in the idea of the total change that is being promised by Podemos and the Socialist party.
The economic growth of Spain and the low cost of living has been one of the best in the Eurozone. This has given Rajoy the chance to brag about the hard work that his party did during their last term. The country suffered from a double-dip recession during the time.
Rajoy told La Razón newspaper that his party was the most useful for Spain. He also said that voting for him was voting for the lesser evil and would be preferable over choosing a government that would attempt to undo all the good the PP had done, such as hard labour reforms.