Europe Politics

Spain's political deadlock shows no signs of breaking

Why is Spain so unstable?
Key Points
  • Catalan separatist parties reject Pedro Sanchez's pick for senate
  • Sanchez's party PSOE won April's election but without securing a majority.
  • Spain’s new parliament will likely vote at the beginning of July on who will become prime minister

Pedro Sanchez's attempts to form a stable government in Spain took a blow this week.

The acting prime minister and the country' Socialist party leader was hoping to appoint Miquel Iceta, the socialists' leader in Catalonia, to Spain's senate. But in a surprising move, Catalan separatists voted against it on Thursday.

Iceta's selection was supposed to pave the way for PSOE, the Spanish Socialist Workers' Party, to form a government with a Catalan separatist party.

However, the ongoing trial of 12 Catalan separatist leaders, for their role in the failed independence bid back in 2017, along with disputes among separatist parties resulted in pro-independence parties rejecting the appointment.

It's likely that Sanchez will have until July to form a coalition government before Parliament votes on who will become prime minister.

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