- Title: "I don't like what is happening" - Spaniards say about another election
- Date: 18th September 2019
- Summary: NEWSPAPERS EL PAIS NEWSPAPER WITH HEADLINE READING (Spanish): "The lack of an agreement between parties forces another election"
- Embargoed: 2nd October 2019 09:41
- Keywords: Spain Politics Reaction Residents Pedro Sanchez
- Location: MADRID, SPAIN
- City: MADRID, SPAIN
- Country: Spain
- Topics: Government/Politics,Elections/Voting
- Reuters ID: LVA003AX6PW07
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Spaniards expressed frustration and dismay on Wednesday (September 18) to the acting Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez's announcement that the country would go to the polls once again on November 10, the fourth general election in four years.
Sanchez announced the snap elections on Tuesday (September 17) evening, after he and leaders of Spain's political parties held talks with King Felipe VI who said there were no viable candidates to lead a new government after his consultations failed to break the political deadlock.
Sanchez's Socialist Party got the most votes in the April 28 general election, but failed to get a majority prompting a series of negotiations with the far-left Unidas Podemos party, the Socialist's preferred governing partner, which ultimately failed hours before the first investiture vote in July throwing the country into political deadlock.
The current political climate has also intensified the protests of a group of homeless people who have set up camp outside parliament in order to urge the approval of a new decree they submitted to the Prime Minister's office on September 9, which would guarantee help for homeless people in Spain.
On Tuesday, leaders of the main political parties on the right and Sanchez's potential partner, the far-left Unidas Podemos, blamed Sanchez for failing to galvanise support, putting the country on course for a repeat election.
However, Sanchez hit back with accusations that he had been blocked by other parties from forming a progressive government, a statement he repeated angrily in Wednesday's parliamentary session, saying Spain needed stability and moderation.
(Production: Marco Trujillo, Jeevan Ravindran)
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