Amid political deadlock, Spain set for new elections

Apr 27, 2016, 7:02 AM EDT
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Spain which has faced a political stagnancy since its last national elections on December 20 is set for a fresh round of elections after coalition talks led by the country’s King Felipe VI failed on Tuesday. The last elections, in which no political party could muster a majority, marked the end of Spain’s decades-long two-party system. Repeat elections are likely to be held on June 26.

Issues such as high unemployment, corruption scandals and austerity measures distanced the young voters from traditional Popular Party (P.P.) and the Socialists, writes the BBC.  New parties emerged but failed to secure the majority required to form the national government. Several attempts to cobble up a grand coalition including the P.P. and the Socialists failed leading to a new general election in the country.

Spain has never been ruled by a coalition government and political analysts remain skeptical whether the new election would “end the deadlock.” Pollsters’ predictions show that the “political stalemate” is likely to continue even after another election and possibly result in a third general election, notes The Washington Post. The Popular Party is expected to be at the top after June elections but far from the majority to control the 350-member lower house of Parliament.