The king of Spain proposed Pedro Sánchez as a candidate for the presidency

Pedro Sánchez King Felipe

This Tuesday, King Felipe VI proposed the socialist Pedro Sánchez as a candidate for the investiture, in the second attempt to elect President of the Government in Spain after the leader of the conservative Popular Party, Alberto Núñez Feijóo, failed.

Felipe VI transmitted his decision to the president of the Congress of Deputies, Francina Armengol so that the current acting president would be able to formally begin contacts with the rest of the parties to seek the necessary votes for his investiture.

Sánchez’s investiture will take place after the failed attempt by Feijóo, who last week did not obtain the necessary support from the rest of the parties in either of the two votes in Congress.

For now, the acting president confirmed that he accepted to be a candidate for the investiture and will begin consultations tomorrow with the other parliamentary groups, with the exception of the far-right Vox party, while emphasizing that in this process the framework will always be, as until now, the Constitution.

In an appearance at the Moncloa Palace after learning that King Felipe VI commissioned him to try to form a government, Sánchez said that tomorrow he will meet in Congress with the leader of Sumar, Yolanda Díaz, with whom he trusts to be able to reissue a Government progressive.

Likewise, he said that he also intends to speak with Alberto Núñez Feijóo’s PP, although he has made it clear that it will not be to obtain their support or for “what they have done of appealing to the worst of corruptions, which is transfugismo.”.

Sánchez claimed that the PSOE has “a clear and well-known country project” and its commitment to “coexistence between Spaniards and also between the peoples of Spain.” In this sense, he has emphasized that the framework will always be the Constitution.

Sánchez’s investiture debate would foreseeably be held in the second half of October or early November. If by November 27 no one has managed to overcome this vote and the blockade persists, the King will dissolve the Cortes and there will be new elections on January 14.

For these cases of electoral repetition, Congress has already modified the Electoral Law, setting only 47 days between the call and the holding of elections, since all the deadlines of the procedure are reduced, including the electoral campaign, which is only one week.