King Helps Mediate Political Impasse

King Felipe has been in talks with numerous Spanish political leaders in recent weeks in an effort to build a new government.

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King Felipe and Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, who is serving on an acting basis pending a new government. © Casa de S.M. el Rey

Last December’s national elections did not yield a clear winner among establishment and emerging parties.

And numerous disagreements on style and substance are making it difficult for leaders to craft governing coalitions.

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King Felipe welcomes the head of Podemos, Pablo Iglesias, to Zarzuela Palace. © Casa de S.M. el Rey

The Spanish Constitution gives the King a key role in helping tap the new head of government, particularly in times of political confusion.

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King Felipe with Albert Rivera, head of Ciutadans. © Casa de S.M. el Rey

His Majesty has been meeting with the heads of each parliamentary formation, except for some anti-monarchist regional nationalist parties.

While making it known he sees the formation of a new government difficult and pressing dialogue, the King is refraining from acting in a way that even appears to violate popular will.

 

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