At the end of their respective talks with the king on Tuesday, Alberto Nunez Feijoo and Pedro Sanchez, outgoing Prime Minister, had both reiterated that they were ready to submit to a vote of investiture if the sovereign’s choice fell on them.
The King of Spain Felipe VI on Tuesday appointed the leader of the right Alberto Nunez Feijoo to try to be invested Prime Minister by the deputies, announced the president of the Assembly, although he does not have the majority required at this time.
The king communicated “his decision to propose Mr. Alberto Nunez Feijoo”, leader of the People’s Party (PP, right), “as a candidate for the presidency of the government”, declared during a press conference the socialist Francina Armengol, new President of the Congress of Deputies renewed in the elections of July 23.
The People’s Party does not have an absolute majority
The King’s decision was Cornelian and so far very uncertain because neither Alberto Nunez Feijoo nor the outgoing Socialist Prime Minister, Pedro Sanchez, can claim the required majority due to the results of the July 23 early elections.
“The People’s Party was the political group that obtained the largest number of seats” in parliament, justified the Royal Palace in a press release, recalling that this “practice” has become a “custom” under the current constitution . Spanish.
Francina Armengol said she would contact Alberto Nunez Feijoo in the next few hours to set a date for the nomination debate.
“I thank his majesty the king for his decision (…) We will give a voice to the more than 11 million citizens who want change”, welcomed Mr. Feijoo on the social network X.
A close vote in sight
In the first round, an absolute majority of 176 votes (out of a total of 350 deputies) is required, while a simple majority is sufficient in the second round.
If the nomination vote fails, a two-month countdown will be triggered to try to find another majority, failing which, legislative elections will be called again.
Alberto Nunez Feijoo claims the right to submit to a nomination vote because the PP won the most seats. But he can only have a maximum of 172 votes: those of the 137 deputies of the PP, plus the 33 of Vox and the deputies of two small regional parties.
Based on this observation, Pedro Sanchez believes that Alberto Nunez Feijoo has no chance and has long considered that appointing him to appear before the deputies was a waste of time. However, he said on Tuesday, after his audience with the king, that he would have no objection if Felipe VI nominated Alberto Nunez Feijoo.
Source: BFM TV