Updated 12 April: With Spain’s General Election just a fortnight away, the Prime Minister and leader of the Spanish Socialist party PSOE, Pedro Sánchez, will be in Tenerife tomorrow 13 April. He will be at an open event in the Piramide de Arona in Playa de las Américas between 11am and 1pm if anyone is interested in seeing him, or hearing him as he campaigns to win a majority to continue in Government. He will be heading on to La Palma after Tenerife, and then to Gran Canaria on Sunday.

Updated 1 March: With Spain’s election coming up some readers might be interested in a little background detail. The eletion has been called because the minority PSOE (socialist) party couldn’t get its budget through Parliament. It was only in power because the previous PP (conservatives) lost a vote of No Confidence because of a corruption scandal. Now, Spain will once again have to choose between these two parties … along with the other “minority” parties in the frame like Podemos, Ciudadanos, and the new right-wing Vox. If anyone is interested in the whole back story to this, HERE‘s a link to an article in the Guardian today and it explains it all. For those interested in this, it’s a good read.

Original post 15 February: Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez has called a general election on 28 April. Sánchez is leader of the socialist party, PSOE, which has been in minority Government since a vote of No Confidence last summer (see HERE), and as we saw only a week ago with the proposed urban letting law (see HERE), Sánchez can’t get legislation through Parliament. He has called this election, Spain’s third in four years, after the budget itself failed to be approved.

The election will be held just a month before the local and European elections and no doubt all sides will be hoping at least for a majority government elected on national issues without further division over regional or European disputes. British nationals, of course, will be watching keenly to see whether the new Government, if a different make-up to the current one, makes any changes or signals any moves away from Sánchez’s generous stance in offering continued rights for Brits in Spain after Brexit if the UK reciprocates.

Source Janet Anscombe: https://www.janetanscombe.com/news/general-election-called-in-spain-for-28-april-as-sanchez-fails-to-get-budget-through-congress.html

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