Spain to get 3rd gov’t in 4 years amid fragmenting politics
MADRID (AP) — Spain will elect its third government in less than four years after Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez's fragile socialist government acknowledged Friday its support had evaporated and called an early general election.
Sanchez's eight-month-old administration met its end after failing to get parliament's approval for its 2019 budget proposal earlier this week, adding to the political uncertainty that has dogged Spain in recent years.
AP Explains: Polarized by Catalonia, Spain heads to election
MADRID (AP) — Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez has called a general election for April 28 after his minority government's budget proposal was rejected by lawmakers.
Budget defeat puts Spain’s center-left government on ropes
MADRID (AP) — Catalan separatist and right-wing lawmakers in the Spanish parliament's lower house rejected Wednesday the ruling Socialist government's 2019 budget plan, likely paving the way for Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez to call an early election.
The 191-158 vote, with one abstention, opened a new crisis in Spanish politics. Members of Sanchez's Cabinet had signaled that a defeat in the budget vote would lead to a fresh general election.
The Latest: Spain: Early election decision expected Friday
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The Spanish prime minister's office says Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez plans to announce Friday whether he will call an early election after his government lost a key budget vote.
The Moncloa Palace said Sanchez's decision will be announced after a weekly Cabinet meeting.
Thousands join right-wing rally in Madrid, demand PM resign
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Tens of thousands of people joined a right-wing rally in Spain's capital Sunday to demand that Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez step down for his handling of the Catalonia region's secession crisis.
Many in the crowd assembled in Madrid's Plaza de Colon waved the national flag and chanted slogans in support of Spain's security forces along with calling for the Socialist prime minister's resignation.
AP Interview: Catalan leader says ‘No’ to Spain govt budget
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — The Spanish government's bid to pass a national budget is doomed unless it bends to the demands of Catalonia's separatists for a referendum on secession, the leader of the wealthy northeastern region says.
Spanish PM compares ‘lies’ of Brexit and Catalan separatists
MADRID (AP) — Spain's prime minister on Wednesday compared secession efforts in the northeastern region of Catalonia to Britain's tangled process of leaving the European Union, saying that both rely on confronting citizens with fake arguments.
In an address to lawmakers, Pedro Sanchez said both campaigns "invent a story of grievances and force people to choose between two identities."
Spain Socialists dealt blow in Andalusia, far-right emerges
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Spain's Socialists suffered a setback in regional elections in the country's south Sunday, the first electoral test for Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez's party since he took power in June.
Far-right rally in Madrid draws thousands angry with govt
MADRID (AP) — A few thousand Spaniards have protested in Madrid against the Socialist-led government at a rally organize by marginal right-wing groups.
The protesters gathered in front of the Spanish parliament on Saturday, many holding either the current-day Spanish flag or its predecessor that stood for the dictatorship of Gen. Francisco Franco.
Spanish govt receives lawmakers backing to exhume dictator
MADRID (AP) — Spanish lawmakers have backed a government plan to open the tomb of Gen. Francisco Franco and relocate his remains from a controversial mausoleum built in the former dictator's name.
Franco was buried in 1975 in the Valley of the Fallen, a shrine he ordered built 50 kilometers (30 miles) northwest of Madrid and topped with a 150-meter cross.
In August, Spain's new center-left administration of Pedro Sanchez approved legal amendments to a 2007 law to allow the exhumation.
Spain cancels bombs sale to Saudi Arabia amid Yemen concerns
MADRID (AP) — Spain said Tuesday it has canceled the delivery of 400 laser-guided bombs purchased by Saudi Arabia, amid fears that the weapons could be used against Iran-aligned Houthi rebels in Yemen.
The arms deal was originally signed in 2015 under Spain's former conservative government, but the new center-left administration of Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez plans to return the 9.2 million euros ($10.6 million) already paid by the Saudis, Cadena SER radio reported on Tuesday.
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Rising conservative politician Pablo Casado has been elected as new leader of Spain's Popular Party in a landslide victory, ending a bitter and divisive election.
The 37-year-old lawyer beat his opponent, former deputy prime minister Soraya Saenz de Santamaria, with 1701 votes against 1250 on Saturday.
MADRID (AP) — Former Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy vowed loyalty to his Popular Party in an emotional farewell Friday as the conservative party seeks to retake power in Spain.
The 63-year-old politician lost a parliamentary vote last month to his Socialist party opponent, Pedro Sanchez, in the wake of graft convictions for members of his center-right party.
MADRID (AP) — The new leaders of Spain and Catalonia have agreed on opening a bilateral dialogue over the future of the prosperous northeastern region in the first breakthrough in the years-long political standoff between the central and regional governments.
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Catalonia's new separatist chief plans to deliver one message to Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez in their highly-anticipated meeting next month: an authorized ballot over Catalan secession from Spain is the only solution to the country's worst political crisis in decades.
MADRID (AP) — Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said Monday he wants to remove the remains of the late dictator Gen. Francisco Franco from a controversial mausoleum and turn the site into a monument for reconciliation.
Sanchez told national broadcaster TVE that Spain "cannot afford symbols that separate Spaniards" and that he wants to turn the Valley of the Fallen into "a memorial about the fight against fascism."
MADRID (AP) — Spain's minister of culture resigned Wednesday after just under a week in office after news reports revealed he was fined a decade ago for evading thousands of euros (dollars) in taxes.
Maxim Huerta, a former television presenter and writer, said he did nothing illegal, but chose to step down to shield the new government of Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez from criticism.
MADRID (AP) — A Spanish court has convicted businesspeople and former conservative politicians in the eastern region of Valencia of graft and money laundering, further tarnishing the image of the party recently ousted from power over a previous corruption ruling.
The National Court found 18 of 20 defendants guilty of participating in a kickbacks-for-contracts scheme that, according to Monday's ruling, helped finance the campaigns of the Popular Party in national, regional and local elections.
MADRID (AP) — The government cabinet with the highest proportion of female ministers in Spanish and European history was sworn in Thursday, putting the cap on one of the fastest power transitions in Spain's four decades of democratic rule.
The new Socialist government of Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez is comprised of 11 female ministers — overseeing key areas such as the national economy, finance and defense — and six men.
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Spain's ousted prime minister Mariano Rajoy announced Tuesday he will step down as leader of the country's conservative Popular Party, just days after his government fell in a no-confidence vote prompted by a corruption scandal.
An emotional Rajoy, who has led the party for 15 years, told party members in Madrid that it was time to end his "journey" and hand over the leadership to someone else at a party congress later this year.
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — New Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez had been barely sworn in Saturday before one of the country's most critical issues facing his fragile government was pressed upon him: ending the Catalan secession crisis.
Less than two hours after Sanchez had taken his oath to uphold the Spanish Constitution, Catalan chief Quim Torra demanded to meet with Sanchez and speak "government to government" regarding the future of the wealthy yet restive northeastern region.
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The separatist leader of Catalonia says he will continue to push for secession after the end of a seven-month takeover by Spanish authorities following last year's failed breakaway bid.
Quim Torra said after swearing in his Cabinet that "this government accepts the charge to continue forward with the mandate . to form an independent state."
MADRID (AP) — Prime Minister-elect Pedro Sanchez vowed Friday to root out the corruption that helped bring down Spain's outgoing conservative government and pledged to help people affected by years of public spending cuts under his predecessor, Mariano Rajoy.
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Less than two years ago, the man who will become Spain's new prime minister was staring at the premature end of an unremarkable political career.
The heavyweights of Spain's Socialists had forced Pedro Sanchez' removal as their leader. Back-to-back losses by the party in general elections had left Sanchez without credit and he was ostracized after a rebellion from within his own ranks.
MADRID (AP) — The rhetoric in Spain's political crisis, in which Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy is almost certain to lose a no-confidence vote Friday amid a corruption scandal engulfing his party, is turning ugly.
Rajoy's government and his ruling Popular Party, or PP, have been labelled "zombies" in an editorial by leading daily El Pais.
MADRID (AP) — Spain's parliament agreed Monday to subject Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy to a vote of no confidence this week in the wake of graft convictions of businesspeople and officials tied to his conservative Popular Party.
The lower house of Spain's parliament, the Congress of Deputies, said it would hold a debate Thursday on whether Rajoy should be replaced by Socialist leader Pedro Sanchez and then vote on the opposition's no-confidence motion Friday.
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Spain's Socialists voted to put Pedro Sanchez back in charge as their general secretary on Sunday, seven months after party heavyweights ousted him from power.
In a stunning blow to the old guard of the Partido Socialista Obrero Espanol (PSOE), Sanchez won 50 percent of the over 148,000 ballots, beating main rival Susana Diaz who received 40 percent despite the backing of most of the party's leaders. A third candidate, Patxi Lopez, got 10 percent.
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Spain's Socialists have voted to put Pedro Sanchez back in charge as their general secretary seven months after party heavyweights ousted him from power.
Party spokesman Mario Jimenez said that Sanchez "was the clear winner" of Sunday's election by members of the Partido Socialista Obrero Espanol (PSOE.)
MADRID (AP) — Susana Diaz, the regional president of Andalusia, has launched her bid to become the first woman to lead Spain's Socialist party.
Diaz announced her candidacy for the Socialists' upcoming leadership election at a rally Sunday in Madrid, where she was flanked by former Prime Ministers Felipe Gonzalez and Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero and other party heavyweights.
Socialists’ meeting could end Spain’s 10-month impasse
MADRID (AP) — Spain's Socialist party was preparing Friday for a crucial weekend meeting that could help end the country's political impasse by allowing the rival conservative Popular Party to form a minority government.
Two inconclusive elections since last December have left Popular Party leader Mariano Rajoy in charge of a caretaker government. Rajoy's party won both elections but did not win enough seats to form a majority in Parliament.
Spain impasse set to continue despite Socialist resignation
MADRID (AP) — Spain's political impasse looks set to continue for some time.
The leading opposition Socialist party says that it's up to its federal committee to decide whether to change the party's stance against allowing acting Premier Mariano Rajoy of the rival Popular Party to form a minority government.
Javier Fernandez, caretaker Socialist leader following the weekend resignation of Pedro Sanchez, said Monday that the committee would meet but he couldn't say when.
Spain’s Socialists oust party leader in bid to end deadlock
MADRID (AP) — Spain's Socialists have voted against party leader Pedro Sanchez in a move that seeks to end the party's internal divisions and possibly resolve the country's nine months of political deadlock.
After more than 10 hours of debate, Sanchez was defeated 132-107 in a vote Saturday. He immediately announced his resignation as party leader, saying it was "a great pride and an honor" to serve.
Spain’s Socialists vote in leadership battle
MADRID (AP) — Spain's Socialist Party is facing strong internal discord as they vote to decide if they will keep or oust their leader Pedro Sanchez, who has been leading opposition to acting conservative Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's efforts to build a minority government and end a nine-month political deadlock.
Spain’s Socialists line up for crucial leadership battle
MADRID (AP) — A growing leadership battle within Spain's main opposition Socialist party could tear the 137-year-old organization apart and hurl the country toward an unprecedented third election in a year.
Party heavyweights aired their differences across the media Friday, indicating a crucial weekend federal committee may be unable to resolve the schism between those for and against leader Pedro Sanchez.
The split was triggered by a party executive board revolt against Sanchez on Wednesday.
Spain: Socialists in turmoil as board revolts against leader
MADRID (AP) — Spain's leading opposition Socialist party was in crisis Thursday, a day after nearly half of its executive board resigned in a rebellion against leader Pedro Sanchez.
The schism comes as Spain is about to enter its 10th month without a fully functioning government following two inconclusive elections in December and June.
Ex-PM fuels Socialist party feud over political impasse
MADRID (AP) — Former Socialist Prime Minister Felipe Gonzalez said Wednesday he feels "cheated" by current Socialist party leader Pedro Sanchez for failing to end Spain's nine-month political deadlock.
Spain premier’s talks with Socialist fails to break impasse
MADRID (AP) — Spain's acting prime minister said Monday that he would continue to seek support to form a minority government and end an eight-month political impasse even if he fails to win confidence votes in parliament this week as is expected.
Spain stalemate continues as Socalist leader snubs Rajoy
MADRID (AP) — The leader of Spain's biggest opposition party has snubbed an approach from acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy to create a "grand coalition" that would govern the country and end seven months of political deadlock.
Rajoy's conservative Popular Party collected most votes in an unprecedented repeat election last month but fell short of a majority in Parliament and needs other parties' support to take power.
MADRID (AP) — Spanish Socialist party leader Pedro Sanchez said Wednesday his party won't support conservative acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's attempts to form a government, a decision that could force Spain into a third round of elections.
Speaking after meeting with Rajoy, Sanchez said, "Right now, (Rajoy's) Popular Party has no support. Right now, the Socialist party reaffirms its vote against Rajoy."
The meeting was the last of a first round of contacts...
MADRID (AP) — Spaniards are voting in a general election Sunday, just six months after a last unsuccessful attempt to pick a new government. The unprecedented repeat election comes after political parties that won seats in Parliament last December were unable to decide on which of them should take power. A look at what is happening politically in Spain: