September 27, 2016
The knives are out in the PSOE
After the last in a long series of defeats under Pedro Sánchez, the knives came out for the PSOE leader yesterday at the party's executive committee. Sánchez reacted to calls for his resignation by proposing a party congress on the first weekend of December, after a leadership contest to be held in October. This has met with widespread criticism within the party, and the regional leaders or 'Barons' are said to be manoeuvering to remove him before the congress is called. One possibility would be for over half of the party executive to resign, and the other to defeat the motion to call a congress next weekend. El País, which has been editorialising against Sánchez for some time, writes today that he has hijacked his own party.
This is obviously going to interfere with the process of forming a government in Spain. In any case, however, the PSOE internal strife may be resolved by end of October, when either Sánchez will have renewed his mandate and will have a week to rush a PM bid, or a different party leadership will get to decide whether to wave Mariano Rajoy through or go to new elections.