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.

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.

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.

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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