Spain towards new elections
If there is no last-minute miracle on Monday, according to the Constitution, the Spanish parliament will be dissolved and new legislative elections will be called on November 10.
It will be the fourth election in four years.
Although the Socialist Party, PSOE, comfortably won the elections in April this year, a coalition was necessary for the socialist candidate and acting President of Government Pedro Sánchez to be ratified as premier.
For four long months the citizens have forced to watch a bad “soap opera”, full of reproaches, failed proposals and intentional statements, by the main national parties.
The reality is that Pedro Sanchez has maintained at all times his position of making a government alone instead of opting for a coalition with his supposed "natural ally", the left coalition Unidas Podemos (UP).
The three rights, conservative (PP), liberal (Citizens) and far right (Vox) attacked any possibility of agreement with both UP as well as with the necessary temporary support of the parties, nationalists and independentist, Basques and Catalans.
Under the carpet the pressures of the big businessmen and the powerful IBEX, the 25 largest Spanish companies, accompanied by the informative coverage of their media, contrary to UP being part of any government equation, other than in a subordinate role.
The option of new elections, finally winning, has always been present as an element of pressure on the agenda of Pedro Sánchez, both for the "hidden vetoes" of the factual powers to a leftist government and for the polls that predict a rise of the PSOE , at the expense of UP, and the reality that political and institutional stability depended largely on the Basque and Catalan nationalist and independentist parties.
The elections, scheduled for November 10, have as a novelty that the electoral campaign although it has already begun months ago on this occasion will be officially of only one week, instead of the usual 15 days.
Current polls predict a rise of the PSOE to the detriment of UP, and rearrangements within the right front, while clearly speaking of an increase in abstention, which is not clear who will be benefiting from it. The Basque and Catalan parties, which can count on a more loyal and militant vote, would probably repeat their good results in general.
In the middle of the electoral campaign then will come the verdict at the trial of the Catalan jailed pro-independence leaders.