MARIANO Rajoy has warned Spain faces a third general election after talks with PSOE rival Pedro Sanchez broke down.
The PP’s acting Prime Minister pointed the finger at Socialist leader Sanchez for refusing to back his bid to become Spain’s new leader after June’s second inconclusive election in six months.
The PP leader, whose party won 137 seats in June’s vote, needs to strike a deal with other parties to reach an overall Congress majority of 176.
On Tuesday, the pair held their second meeting since King Felipe invited Rajoy to form a new government last month.
Sanchez admitted afterwards ‘I left more worried than when I arrived’.
Rajoy said: “If Sanchez keeps saying no, we will have another election.”
Meanwhile, Spain could be slapped with a €6.1 billion fine if its political parties fail to form a government.
The PP, the PSOE, Ciudadanos and Unidos Podemos are yet to agree on a pact following the June 26 election.
But with Spain’s government obliged to present the EU with its budget and spending plan by October 15, the country faces being hit with the sanction if if fails to deliver on time.
“This time the government has been able to avoid the fine, but next time in October it will be unavoidable,” a government source told El Mundo.
Under the EU agreement, Spain must reduce its deficit to 4.6% this year.
- Electric cars set for Mallorca reboot thanks to AnySolution - 15 Nov, 2017 @ 15:00
- I do! Balearic blushing brides attend three-day exhibition - 15 Nov, 2017 @ 14:00
- Balearic tourism boost as delegation impresses the World Travel Market - 15 Nov, 2017 @ 12:00
- Tourism concern as visitor numbers plummet in Catalunya’s museums - 15 Nov, 2017 @ 10:00
- US director’s Song of Sway Lake makes long-awaited red-carpet debut - 14 Nov, 2017 @ 18:00
- Mallorquin hoteliers check-in to the Forbes rich list - 14 Nov, 2017 @ 17:00
- Biting Brit avoids jail but is handed a suspended sentence for assault - 14 Nov, 2017 @ 16:00
- Thousands of olives planted by Mallorcan scientists to discover the best strain - 14 Nov, 2017 @ 15:00
- Catalunya referendum could lead to recession, fears Bank of Spain - 14 Nov, 2017 @ 12:00
- Former nightlife king Tolo Cursach refused bail as he returns to jail in Palma - 13 Nov, 2017 @ 18:00