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World Against Pedro Sánchez: Spanish parliament rejects censure motion by right-wing extremists

18:35  22 october  2020
18:35  22 october  2020 Source:   ksta.de

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The Spanish parliament has rejected a censure motion by the right-wing extremist Vox party against the left-wing government of Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez. After a two-day debate, the motion was only supported by the 52 MPs of the Vox party on Thursday, all other 298 MPs voted against - including the conservative opposition party Partido Popular (PP).

Das spanische Parlament in Madrid. © picture alliance / dpa The Spanish Parliament in Madrid.

The PP chairman Pablo Casado called the motion “pure populism”. His party was against “polarization” and against the “break” that Vox wanted. The vote had put the PP under pressure - it had to decide whether to reject the motion and thereby distance itself from the right-wing extremist party, or whether to abstain so as not to alienate Vox voters. The PP rules in several important regions such as Madrid and Andalusia with the support of the Vox party.

Vox party leader Santiago Abascal had described the government of the socialist Sánchez in the run-up to the vote as "the worst government in 80 years". In doing so, he indirectly referred to the time of the republic before dictator Francisco Franco, who was in power in Spain from 1939 to 1975. Abascal also criticized the government's corona crisis management. (afp)

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