SPAIN’S SOCIALIST PARTY SET TO FORM A NEW GOVERNMENT AFTER SUNDAY’S GENERAL ELECTION

By Godson Ikiebey-

Spain’s socialist prime minister, Pedro Sanchez has said that he will consider talks to form a new government only with parties that respect the constitution and promote social justice.

He declared his party the winner in Sunday, April 28, 2019 general election, a ballot in which the far-right made inroads for the first time since Spain returned to democratic rule.

Sánchez hinted at a preference for a left-wing governing alliance but his stress on the constitution also sent a warning to Catalan separatists even though he may need their support to be elected by Parliament’s lower house to a new term as prime minister.

Spain’s constitution says regions have no right to secede and sovereignty must be decided by all Spaniards, not just by inhabitants of a particular region. Catalan separatists defied Spain in 2017 with a referendum and subsequent independence declaration. They won 22 seats Sunday.

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