The Spanish Government has been forced to set a general election for April 28th.
Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez has made the announcement this morning following the rejection in Parliament of his Socialist government’s budget earlier this week.
The political dead-end has forced what will be Spain’s third general election in less than four years.
España debe seguir avanzando, progresando desde la tolerancia y el respeto. Sin crispación, redistribuyendo la riqueza, reconociendo nuevos derechos y libertades. Para ello, he propuesto la disolución de las Cámaras y la convocatoria de #EleccionesGenerales el 28 de abril. pic.twitter.com/gJqRp0quXJ
— Pedro Sánchez (@sanchezcastejon) February 15, 2019
Pedro Sánchez had become the new Spanish Prime Minister last June after successfully leading a no-confidence motion against the then PM, Mariano Rajoy, from the conservative party ‘Partido Popular’.
Sánchez managed to win that vote with the help of the Catalan nationalist MPs. However, his latest negotiations with them over the Catalan crisis did not prospered and the nationalist parties have not supported the government’s proposed budget, which was defeated by 191 to 158.