Spain's Prime Minister Calls Snap Election After Regional Defeats
By Ed Frankl
Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez called a snap summer
general election on Monday, a day after his centre-left Socialist
Party suffered heavy losses in regional and local elections.
The country was due to hold elections in December, but Sanchez,
in power since 2018, made a surprise announcement to dissolve
parliament and call a national poll for July 23.
It came after the Socialists lost control of some of Spain's key
regions and cities to the centre-right Popular Party, which made
"These results call for a clarification of the direction the
government must take, and the only method is through democracy.
Spaniards must have their say and decide once again on the
direction the country should take," Sanchez said.
However, Sunday's election results suggest that Sanchez, whose
party is currently in a coalition with the leftist Podemos, will
face a difficult task in staying in office.
A resurgent PP will also likely need the backing of another
party, in its case the far-right Vox, to form a government of the
European Union's fourth-largest country.
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