But where did it all go wrong? Here are the key dates that has led to this current stalemate. Two-party hegemony shatters The results of the last election in April show how fractured Spanish politics has become. Since the early 1980s, power in Spain had alternated without interruption between the Socialists and the conservative Popular Party (PP). But December 20, 2015 put an end to that when two new parties, centre-right Ciudadanos and far-left Podemos, entered parliament for the first time. Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s PP won the most seats but lost its absolute majority in Spain’s 350-seat parliament and was not able to cobble together a governing coalition. Pedro Sanchez’ Socialists, which came in second but also lost ground, reached an agreement with Ciudadanos but this was not enough to form a government. Due to the political impasse, fresh elections were held on June 26, 2016. The PP gained ground but still fell short of an absolute majority and political paralysis persisted. Rajoy sworn in for second term Rajoy was finally sworn in for a second term as prime minister on October 29, 2016, putting an end to a 10-month spell without a government. That was… Read full this story
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