|Author (Corporate)||Cardiff EDC|
|Content Type||News, Overview|
Reports, analyses and information related to the legislative election taking place in Spain on 10 November 2019.
The snap parliamentary election was called following the dissolution of the Parliament, which was unable to endorse a candidate for Prime Minister following a previous election held in April 2019. In fact, this would be the fourth general election in the country in four years.
The issue relating to Catalonia's autonomy was again a dominant feature of the election campaign, as tension increased following a court decision on the leading figures of the pro-independence movement in the region. It was also notorious the public fatigue over the inability to secure a parliamentary majority and a stable government, which has led to successive elections. Polls ahead of the election suggested that the incumbent centre-left PSOE would once again secure a victory and yet far from a parliamentary majority, which led analysts to wonder whether the election would solve the deadlock. The same polls also suggested substantial gains for the far-right VOX party.
The electoral results largely confirmed the forecast - while the governing PSOE did win the election, it was unable to secure a majority nor retain the same amount of seats it enjoyed prior to the election. The far-right VOX was the party most benefiting from the election, more than doubling its previous result and becoming the third largest political force in Parliament. In contrast, the centre-right Ciudadanos collapsed and lost most of its parliamentary presence. As a result, its leader Albert Rivera resigned. The number of regionalist parties seating in Parliament increased considerably. Analysts suggested it had become even harder for any party to secure a stable government following this election.
However, on 12 November, the Socialist Party and Unidas Podemos reached an unexpected deal to form a coalition. The combination of PSOE and Unidas Podemos only yields 155 seats, compare to the 176 required for a parliamentary majority. Therefore, they need endorsement from other parties.
|Subject Categories||Politics and International Relations|
|Subject Tags||National Politics, Parliamentary | Legislative Elections|
|Countries / Regions||Spain|