Spain MPs Poised To Reject Far-right No-confidence Bid
Sumaira FH 1 month ago Thu 22nd October 2020 | 04:27 PM
Spain's parliament was on Thursday poised to reject a no-confidence motion filed by the far-right Vox against the government, with the rightwing opposition Popular Party saying it would vote against
Madrid, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 22nd Oct, 2020 ) :Spain's parliament was on Thursday poised to reject a no-confidence motion filed by the far-right Vox against the government, with the rightwing opposition Popular Party saying it would vote against.
"We will vote no, because we say no to the divisions that you seek, no to the polarisation that you need," PP leader Pablo Casado said during a debate in parliament, distancing himself from Vox leader Santiago Abascal.
The motion against the leftwing coalition government of Socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez has piled pressure on the PP, which had to choose between voting against it to maintain its distance from the far right, or abstaining to keep the peace with Vox's electorate.
Parliament is expected to vote later Thursday following two days of debate but it has no chance of passing given that Vox has only 52 seats in the 350-seat chamber and the proposal has no political support.
Founded in 2014 by Abascal, Vox has steadily bled support from the PP, leaving the party in a tricky position of having to choose between a more central position or veering to the right to staunch the flow of voters.
Casado called the motion "pure populism" and accused Vox of being the government's "lifesaver", arguing that the party's hardline position will unite the ruling leftist coalition.
He called the PP the only "credible alternative" but stressed his "respect" for Vox voters whom he said "do not deserve to be used in a strategy" that makes it less likely that conservative parties will govern.
The situation is complicated for the PP because it governs with the support of Vox in key regions such as Madrid and Andalusia in the south.
During the first day of debate on Wednesday, Abascal savaged Sanchez over his government's management of the coronavirus pandemic, which has claimed more than 34,000 lives and infected just over one million people -- the highest number in the European Union.
"Show me one country that has managed this crisis worse (than your government)," he demanded of Sanchez.
The last time MPs debated a no-confidence motion was following a huge corruption scandal in June 2018 in a move tabled by the Socialist party which brought down the government of PP prime minister Mariano Rajoy.
That no-confidence motion won the backing of the hard-left Podemos party, along with Basque and Catalan separatist factions, allowing Sanchez to take over as head of government.