Spain’s acting Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, on Wednesday September 18th urged Spanish citizens to vote for his Socialist party, in order to get a clear majority in the repeat general election in November so that the party can tackle the country's economic and political crises, AFP reported.
He announced late on Tuesday that Spain will go to the polls again on November 10th, the country’s fourth general election within four years.
The decision came after Sanchez’s failure to secure support from opposition parties as a premier in April’s general elections, in which his Socialist party won but without an overall majority, securing only 123 seats out of the 350 seats in the Spanish parliament.
The Spanish PM blamed both left and right rival parties for the failure to reach a deal that would allow him to win a confidence vote in parliament to govern for another term.
"I hope Spaniards will give the Socialist party a larger majority so you will no longer be in a position to block the formation of a government which Spain needs," Sanchez told the opposition parties’ leaders during a parliamentary debate.
Spain needs a stable government to face up to the slowdown in the global economy, Britain's looming exit from the European Union and an ongoing separatist challenge in the wealthy northeastern region of Catalonia, he added.
Pablo Casado, the leader of the main opposition Conservative Popular Party, accused Sanchez of "irresponsibility".
“Sanchez wanted to gain power by exhausting voters with elections and had not seriously tried to form a coalition government,” he said, adding, "You wanted to return to the polls since the beginning and you tricked Spaniards during five months."