Spain’s 4-Year Search for a Government Continues

Nov 11, 2019 | 18:21 GMT

On Nov. 10, Spain held its fourth general election in as many years in the hopes of ending the country's deep political fragmentation. But instead, the vote produced a splintered parliament that will struggle to appoint a new government. The new Spanish parliament will hold its first session on Dec. 3. After that, King Felipe IV will begin consulting with all the political parties to see if a government can be found. This process does not have a specific timetable, however, meaning it can take months. If no alliances emerge, Spain may have to hold yet another general election in early 2020. In the meantime, prolonged uncertainty about the country's political future -- driven in part by the successionist push in Catalonia -- risks exacerbating the country's economic slowdown. ...

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