Spaniards want snap elections

Spanish Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy, arrives to a press conference after chairing the extraordinary Cabinet Meeting held to pass the concrete measures to apply Article 155 of the Spanish Constitution to deal with the actions of Catalan regional President Carles Puigdemont, at Moncloa Presidential Palace in Madrid, Spain, 21 October 2017. EPA-EFE/JUAN CARLOS HIDALGO

Spaniards want snap elections


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Over half the Spanish electorate favours early national elections, following the Catalan crisis. According to El Pais, 55% of Spanish voters want new elections, up from 49% in October.

Regional elections will be held in Catalonian on December 21st. In theory, the term of the national government in Madrid expires 2020, but the Conservative Partito Popular is leading a minority government supported by the Socialists (PSOE) and the liberal Ciudadanos.

The minority government means each major bill, including the 2018 budget, is subject to intense negotiations.

If snap elections were proclaimed, the big loser would be the ruling PP that has seen support drop from 33% in the June 2016 elections to 26%. The liberal Ciudadanos would be one of the main beneficiaries, as polls give them approximately 23%, compared to 13% in June 2016. Another winner would be the Socialists (PSOE), who appears to be gaining ground against the far-left Podemos. Podemos has seen voter intentions drop to just under 15%, which compares poorly to their 21% electoral result in 2016.

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