The socialist prime minister of Spain rules out a large coalition with conservatives
MADRID: The acting Prime Minister of Spain ruled Friday to form with the Popular Opposition Party (PP) after a parliamentary election on November 10.
A previous election in April ended in a stalemate, and opinion polls show that repeated voting may not be as conclusive, with all possible scenarios for the agreements to form a government full of difficulties.
We are not going to form a government with a party that has reached pacts with the extreme right, which trivializes gender-based violence, equality between men and women and the democratic history of our country, Sanchez told supporters at a Party rally.
Conservative PP sources recently said that this time they could be open to that coalition, as opinion polls show that the outcome of the elections could not leave any party strong enough to govern itself, while the two rivals combined they would comfortably win enough seats to form a majority in the 350-member parliament.
Sanchez called for repeated elections after winning the April ballot, but failed to get enough seats to govern without the support of other parties, which he did not say.
The latest polls show that the Socialists will probably win again, but they could get fewer seats than in April.
The PP and the Socialists dominated Spanish politics for decades, but new parties emerged after the financial crisis, fragmenting the political landscape and making it much more difficult to form governments with stable majorities.
Opinion polls show that the two combined could represent more than two thirds of parliament this time, with the Socialists still in the lead and the PP not far away, returning after a bad performance in the previous vote.