Mariano Rajoy will be elected prime minister of Spain thanks to the abstention of the Socialist deputies
It wasn’t difficult to imagine what decision the PSOE would take without Sánchez. After days of internal debates, delegates of the PSOE voted to abstain in a confidence vote over a PP government by a margin of 139 to 96.
At the beginning of this month, Spain’s socialist party leader, Pedro Sánchez, resigned from his position after several weeks of dealing with a disgusting internal coup led by the party’s powerful regional leaders. With Pedro Sánchez’s resignation, a crisis committee (a so-called “gestora”) lead by Javier Fernández, was imposed by the internal structure of the party. At that point, it wasn’t difficult to imagine what decision the PSOE would take without Sánchez. After days of internal debates, delegates of the PSOE voted to abstain in a confidence vote over a PP government by a margin of 139 to 96.
More than 300 days of political inactivity and Spanish politicians have proved they are not ready to bring solutions to the citizens and a radical change to a country that is ready for it. They haven’t been able to bring an alternative to the Grand Coalition prevailing in Europe. Javier Fernández’s argument about the abstention being the “lesser evil” option, given that the other option was a third election, doesn’t change the political map of Spain. A country where the more than 5 million of people who voted for the PSOE voted to remove austerity, conservatism, and overall, corruption from their institutions. It’s embarrassing to hear the Socialists’ anguish in their explanation to their voters on why they have betrayed them and chosen abstention. It’s more embarrassing to think that the reason is double: 1) to avoid the third elections that were likely to be devastating for the party, and 2) to keep the power of the oligarchy.
In theory, this fateful abstention of the PSOE could benefit a consolidation of the voters for Podemos. However, the moment to prove it’s evaporating, and the party headed by Pablo Iglesias is also facing its own internal debates represented by Iglesias himself on one side, and Inigo Errejón on the other. Errejón has pointed out that the new government will be “short and weak·”, without a clear agenda for the main issues the country is facing. And here is the key of the drama: for the last 309 days, the political agenda has been hijacked by internal crises in the parties, by endless agreements and debates, by giving the impression that the final objectives were the parties themselves and not implementing their political objectives. Because now, with this almost-ready to govern Grand Coalition, who knows what is its political agenda and policy priorities?