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POLITIEK: Motie van wantrouwen tegen Spaanse premier dreigt infographic
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Welke andere regio's willen zich nog meer afsplitsen van Spanje?

05/31/2018
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June 1, 2018 -- Mariano Rajoy’s ambtstermijn, als een van Europa’s langst zittende premiers, staat op het spel, nu de socialistische oppositie bijna genoeg steun weet te krijgen om een motie van wantrouwen door te drukken in het gefragmenteerde Spaanse parlement.

Pedro Sánchez, the leader of the centre-left Socialist party (PSOE), brought a no-confidence motion after Spain’s High Court handed long jail terms to dozens of people linked to the ruling People’s Party (PP) in a long-running corruption trial, known as the Gurtel affair.

But the PSOE, with just 84 seats in 350-seat parliament, needs the backing of the leftist Podemos party and smaller groups, including Catalan pro-independence parties and Basque nationalists.

Rajoy’s minority government has struggled after inconclusive elections in 2015 and 2016, and is under fire for the perceived inability to solve secession crisis in Catalonia.

Ciudadanos (Citizens), a centre-right party, riding high in many polls thanks to hard line on Catalan separatism, is pushing for immediate elections.


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