SPAIN has been abuzz with rumors that Prime Minister Rajoy may move the general election date a full year forward, to this upcoming November, but on Friday, Rajoy publicly put speculation to rest with a statement that the election date will remain as is.
The possible change was seen as a double-offensive against the PSOE, which would lose a critical year of campaigning if the date were changed, as well against the CiU, the Catalan nationalist federation which would lose out on media coverage for its convention on November 9th.
Also on Friday, Rajoy told the public that above all, the government aims to bring “trust” and “certainty,” the key two ingredients that stimulate economic growth and are responsible for the 0.6% increase in the GDP this trimester.
In response, the PSOE General Secretary Pedro Sanchez stated that “Rajoy needs to step on the street,” claiming that “the only thing that increases in Spain is inequality.”
Sanchez cited an increase in unemployment by 800,000 under Rajoy’s administration, a homeless population of 739,000, and a 20% decrease in unemployment benefits (from 70% to 50%) as evidence that Rajoy has disempowered the middle class.