Spain: Rajoy Survives No Confidence Vote

With 82 votes in favor, 170 against and 97 abstentions, the Plenary Session of Spain’s Lower House of Parliament has rejected the motion of no confidence presented by Unidos Podemos-En Comú Podem-En Marea against the Government of Spain led by Mariano Rajoy.

In the corridors of the Lower House of Parliament and after the vote, Spain’s Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, expressed his satisfaction because the motion of no confidence “has been rejected by the vast majority of the MPs in the House”.

Rajoy said that “stability is highly necessary today so that the recovery we have already started – with significant economic growth and job creation – can continue”.

In this regard, Rajoy described the forecast released by the Bank of Spain on Tuesday hinting that the Spanish economy will grow by over 3% in 2017 as “a very positive figure”. “It would be the fourth consecutive year of growth and the third at over 3%, which is twice that of Europe”, he said.

Rajoy reiterated that “our goal continues to be 20 million people in work by the end of 2019, which would be a great success” as it would enable revenue to be collected for improving healthcare, pensions and education.

Rajoy added that the result of the motion of no confidence represents “a rejection, which has also taken place in other European countries, of radical elements, extremists and people with rather unhealthy behaviour for the times we live in”.

Rajoy said he believes that it also sends out “a clear message for us to remain focused on the interests of the people”. Rajoy concluded by stating that he feels encouraged to continue doing a job “that is not easy but that is producing increasingly better results”.


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