The political limbo of Spain is about to end. On 24 October 2023, Spain’s Socialist Party and the Sumar Party agreed to form a coalition government. This is an important step toward reinstating Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez for another term.
The coalition is a fruitful outcome after the meet-up of Pedro with the Sumar Party leader and acting Labour Minister Yolanda Diaz.
Pedro in agreement for a Coalition government
Both parties came together and released an official statement that this coalition deal will allow Spain to continue to grow rapidly and sustainably with quality and quantity employment, developing policies based on social and climate justice with equal rights and freedom for all.
They together agreed upon an agreement that included plans to reduce youth unemployment, reinforce the public healthcare system, boost public housing, raise emission reduction targets, and a tax reform hitting banking sectors and large energy companies.
Elections in Spain
Elections happened in Spain in July 2023 with the conservative Political Party (PP) getting the maximum votes but not reaching the majority spot to form the government. This put the nation in jeopardy, making it harder to run a political system. The political limbo was formed in Spain.
Political Party leader Alberto Nunez Feijoo lost the parliamentary vote to become the prime minister and was out of the race. Pedro Sanchez‘s PSOE party, which was second in the general election, needed the support of more than 33 other lawmakers to form government.
Here, the Sumar party’s 33 lower-house lawmakers and other party members, like the advocate for Catalan and Basque independence, came up to form a coalition government and renew the term of Pedro Sanchez.
Coalition government is never easy to work in a country. Many times, the leaders or the party member of either of the parties in the coalition is not happy with any decision and can withdraw their support creating a political limbo.
No country can function without a majority government in power. Such situations create political instability, making it unable to make political, social, or economic decisions.
With the present coalition deal between Pedro’s party and the Sumar party, the right and many leaders of Pedro’s PSOE party are not happy.
In the current political scenario of Spain, if no candidate secures a majority to form a government and become prime minister by 27 November, fresh elections will be held in January 2024.
It is a big question whether Pedro can form a coalition government with the Sumar party and bring the political limbo of Spain to an end.