Pedro Sánchez dissolves Parliament and advances general elections

Elections brought forward to July 23 after dissolving the Spanish parliament


After Sunday's election results, in which the Popular Party was The most voted force in the regional and municipal elections, the President of the Spanish Government, Pedro Sánchez, announced on Monday that dissolve Parliament and call a general election for 23 July, five months before the end of the ordinary period. period.

"I have just had a meeting with His Majesty the King in which I communicate to the Head of State the decision to convene this afternoon a Council of Ministers to dissolve the Cortes and proceed to call general elections making use of the prerogative it has in the Constitution attributes to the President of the Government," Sánchez said in a message published by the Moncloa Palace.

The Socialist Party suffered heavy defeats against the conservatives of the Opposition in Sunday's local elections, with nearly 95% of the vote Scrutinized, perhaps evidence of his electoral vulnerability in the face of the This year's general election.

"The notice of the elections will be published tomorrow Tuesday in the Official Gazette of the State, so that the elections are held on Sunday, July 23, according to the deadlines established by law," he announced.

Only three of the 12 regions that held elections will maintain dominance socialist by very narrow margins, and the others probably favor the conservative Popular Party, albeit with coalitions or informal agreements of support with the far-right Vox party.

The main socialist setbacks occurred in the regions of Valencia, Aragon and the Balearic Islands, as well as one of the most socialist strongholds important: Extremadura.

In large cities such as Valencia and Seville, where they were also chosen mayors, the count was favorable to the PP, which also obtained the majority absolute in the city of Madrid.

Barcelona was an exception among the major cities, with one match Independence winning the majority of votes by such a narrow margin that it will take an agreement with the Socialists to oust the current left-wing mayor Ada Colau.

The tally showed a return to a two-party system dominated by the PSOE and PP after a decade of increased party participation. smaller ones like left-wing Podemos and centrist Ciudadanos, which appear to have lost seats to the PP.

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