PSOE leader Pedro Sanchez gives a press conference at the party’s headquarters in Madrid on September 26, 2016. (Photo by AFP)
Nearly half of the senior members of Spain
’s Socialist Workers’ Party (PSOE) have resigned in a bid to oust party’s leader Pedro Sanchez and put an end to the country’s nine-month political deadlock.
“Seventeen resignations… were handed in today,” a PSOE spokesman said on Wednesday.
This brings the total resignations to 19 as two separate resignations were submitted before, said a Socialist lawmaker, who is against Sanchez and spoke on condition of anonymity.
Based on the party rules, the 35-member party executive now “must be dissolved and its powers passed on to a caretaker administration,” the MP added.
Spain has been without a full-fledged government since a hung parliament elected last December failed to pick a prime minister and was dissolved. The new parliament, elected in June, is also deadlocked among four major parties, none with close to a majority of the parliament’s 350 seats.
Spain’s political deadlock is blamed on a standoff between the Socialists and the People’s Party (PP).
Many members of the PSOE have urged an end to blocking acting PP Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s bid for a second term by abstaining in the necessary vote of confidence. But, the party had voted against such a government earlier in September.