Pedro Sánchez called early general elections for #23Jul

Pedro Sánchez, president of the Spanish government, called early elections for July 23 after Sunday’s defeat in regional and municipal elections. He took responsibility for having lost and believes that the results of the elections indicate that the will of the people goes further

The President of the Spanish Government, Pedro Sánchez, called this Monday, May 29, early general elections for July 23; after the elections on Sunday the 28th in which the Popular Party (PP) overwhelmingly won the regional and municipal elections.

From the Moncloa Palaceseat of the Government, Sánchez indicated that he had spoken with King Felipe VI before his address to announce the decision to convene a council of ministers for the dissolution of the courts and to call for elections, which will be made official on Tuesday, May 30 in the Official State Gazette (BOE).

In a speech without admitting questions, Pedro Sánchez said that the call was made after the electoral results of Sunday, May 28, and he took responsibility for the defeat suffered by the PSOE in the elections. In his opinion, what the people decided is a result “that goes further.”

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“And for this reason, as President of the Government and also as Secretary General of the Socialist Party, I assume the results firsthand and I believe it is necessary to give an answer and submit our democratic mandate to the popular will,” he said.

He assured that the first consequence of the elections is that “magnificent socialist presidents and mayors are going to be displaced” despite having led an “impeccable” management, referring to the PSOE leaders who lost in the elections.

And the second, he continued, is that most of the institutions come under the control of the PP and VOX.

“I think it is necessary to give an answer and submit our democratic mandate” to the polls, he stressed, after stressing that his government complied with its program and Spain is about to overcome the crisis derived from the pandemic and the consequences of the war in Ukraine, in a context of economic growth and job creation.

The PP of Alberto Núñez Feijóo won the municipal elections of Sunday May 28winning national elections again seven years later and seeing La Moncloa closer to the general elections at the end of this year.

With 77% of the votes counted, the PP leads the PSOE both in number of councilors at the national level, with 20,691 councilors compared to 18,291 for the Socialists, and in votes cast, 30% of the votes, and leads in the town halls from large cities such as Madrid, Seville or Valencia, although in some cases it would need the support of the ultra-right of VOX, which is in third position, according to provisional official data, the EFE agency reported.

With additional information from EuropaPress / D.W.

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