King Referees Political Impasse

King Felipe has been meeting with Spanish political party leaders as they negotiate among themselves to form a government after a second round of parliamentary elections.

King Felipe with Congress President Ana Pastor at Zarzuela Palace. © Casa de S.M. el Rey

The process has generated some controversy after the leader of Ciudadanos suggested asking His Majesty to help convince the socialists to give up their opposition to a conservative led government.

The King with Ciudadanos head Albert Rivera. © Casa de S.M. el Rey

The conservative Popular Party won the elections but not with the majority necessary to form a government without coalition partners.

Even though the King is deeply involved in hekping form a government, he must remain neutral in accordance with the Spanish Constitution and custom.

Su Majestad el Rey con Mariano Rajoy representante del Partido Popular (PP)
The King with Acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy. © Casa de S.M. el Rey

King Felipe asked conservative Acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, as the winner, to form a government. But its unclear whether he will be able to do so.


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