Fractures in Spain's Government Give Right-Wing Parties an Edge Ahead of Elections
MIN READMar 8, 2023 | 16:45 GMT
A driver waves a Spanish flag from his car during an anti-government demonstration organized by Spain's far-right Vox party in Malaga on Oct. 12, 2020.
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Internal crises in Spain's center-left government are harming its prospects ahead of regional elections in May, which will open the door to a right-wing victory in December general elections that could increase domestic political volatility. On March 7, Spain's Congress of Deputies began the administrative process that will result in a no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez later in the month. The motion, which was triggered by the far-right Vox party, will almost certainly fail because the main opposition party, the conservative Popular Party (PP), will abstain and most of the other political parties will vote against it. However, the motion will happen at a time when Sanchez's coalition, which includes his Socialist Party (PSOE) and the left-wing Unidas Podemos (UP), is dealing with severe infighting and ahead of regional elections in May and general elections in December, where the coalition partners are expected to lose ground to their...