Can Mariano Rajoy’s PP party form a majority government in Spain?
Well, 2015 couldn’t have ended up on a better note.
Not with the result from yesterday’s Spanish general election, as Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s conservative party lost its majority, and is now stuck with the very difficult task of forming a majority.
As final votes were counted in Spain’s general election, Rajoy’s Popular Party (PP) ended up with only 123 seats. It needed at least 176 to form a majority. It went into the election with 186 seats. Not a good result for Rajoy at all.
Other parties, however, fared much better, either picking up a lot of seats or, as in the case of Podemos and Ciudadanos, fielding national candidates for the first time and doing an astoundingly good job.
The final result for Spain’s general election 2015, with most votes counted, was the Popular Party (PP) with 123 seats, the Socialists with 90, the anti-austerity Podemos party with 69, and Ciudadanos picking up 40 seats.
Of course, once votes were in, and after saying he would try to form a stable government, Rajoy added “This party is still the number one force in Spain”.
I would have to say he might have a bit of trouble with maths as, if you add up all the votes, the Popular Party had 28.7% of the vote, the Socialists 22%. Podemos 20.6% and Ciudadanos 13.9%.
That means 71.3% of Spaniards who voted, voted for someone else other than Rajoy’s PP. I would not call that having the “number one force in Spain” would you?
As for whether Mariano Rajoy’s PP party can form a majority government in Spain, that too is looking very unlikely. Ciudadanos is just about the only party the PP could ally with, yet even with their 40 seats, Rajoy’s government still won’t have a majority.
On the other hand, the Socialists could easily form a pact with Podemos and Cuidadanos, giving them a majority and allowing them to form a new government.
I am not a betting woman but, if I was, I would say Mariano Rajoy’s days as Spain’s Prime Minister are more than likely numbered, and we could finally be seeing a government in Spain that will start to change things for the better for all Spaniards, and not just for major corporations and the wealthy.