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Spanish PM faces confidence vote this week

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    My personal take on the situation: Basically all other main parties (PSOE, Cs and Podemos) agree the government's party doesn't have legitimacy to continue. The different nationalist parties...

    My personal take on the situation:

    Basically all other main parties (PSOE, Cs and Podemos) agree the government's party doesn't have legitimacy to continue. The different nationalist parties agree. However, they differ in how to proceed.

    PSOE (center-left) has invoked this confidence vote, which if won, would put PSOE in charge. They want to have elections "in a few months" (probably to get a way to show that they can reverse the policies of the right wing government of the last few years, and also because the latest polls don't favor PSOE so they'd prefer to have time to improve their image).

    Cs (center-right, liberal, Spanish nationalist) got the best results in said polls, so they want immediate elections to take advantage of the current landscape and get the best results possible.

    Podemos (left, "antiprivilege", or far-left, depending who you ask) seems to agree with any way that would get rid of the current PP (conservative right) government, same as most (regional) nationalist parties. But Podemos prefers PSOE to govern for the time being, since they had some internal instability lately and probably lost some voters. But for them anything is better than allowing PP to keep governing.

    The government seems doomed to be replaced sooner or later but certainly before the end of the legislature. The rumor is that if the government thinks this confidence vote can actually get enough votes to oust them, the president will resign before that happens.

    I got a few questions for tilders. If your country has had a similar situation (party in power being charged with profiting from an illegal scheme), what were the consequences? Were there any resignations before the sentence was issued (during investigation)? Did the government insist on staying in power until the sentence was final?

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