Potential Spanish coalition governments

Spanish voters went to the polls for rerun elections after six months of political gridlock.

If a single party fails to secure an absolute majority, Spaniards will wait to see what coalitions could be formed. Here are some of the possible partnerships:

GRAND COALITION: Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's favoured solution is a grand coalition between his centre-right People's Party (PP) and the Socialist Workers' Party.

But Socialist leader Pedro Sanchez has repeatedly promised to replace Rajoy, saying that a coalition with Rajoy's conservatives would betray Spanish voters.

CENTER-RIGHT COALITION: The centrist Ciudadanos (Citizens) party is not opposed to a coalition with Rajoy's party but insist that he does not have a second term in power.

The parties' relationship soured last week, after recordings were leaked of Interior Minister Jorge Fernandez Diaz, who is also a prominent PP member. On the tapes he is heard speaking to the head of the Catalan anti-fraud agency about the possibility of going after politicians who were calling for Catalonia's split from Spain.

Ciudadanos was founded in Catalonia a decade ago.

Voter surveys suggest that such an alliance will remain theoretical, as electoral forecasts point to the parties receiving an insufficient number of seats in parliament to form a coalition.

LEFT COALITION: Pablo Iglesias, the secretary general of the left-wing Podemos (We Can) party, encourages an alliance with the Socialists.

According to polls, this grouping could reach an absolute majority.

But many Socialists vehemently oppose a leftist partnership with Podemos - a two-year-old party that grew out of anti-austerity protests and has quickly become a political force - even if it means it would put them in power.

Last update: Sun, 26/06/2016 - 14:45
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