A party which polled 5,443,846 votes at the last general election now governs Spain, but the party which polled 7,941,236 is in opposition. It is a ridiculous situation really. Almost eight million Spaniards voted for a party, the Partido Popular, which is now on the fringes while the smaller parties have moved forward. What happened in Spain last week was not really democratic. Granted that the vote of no-confidence in former prime minister Mariano Rajoy had plenty of support, but the maths really speak for themselves. Pedro Sanchez is now the new prime minister but he has just 85 MPs compared to the 137 of the Partido Popular. No prizes for guessing that the new Sanchez government will not be in power long!

In the Spanish political system it pays to have friends. If you’ve got friends then you can form a pact if one of the bigger parties fails to secure a majority. So in Spain winner doesn’t always take all. The fact that Mariano Rajoy was ousted by Basque and Catalan parties (who have all said that they would like independence from Spain) is an irony which will not be missed by many. Sanchez has ruled out early elections but he might not have any option. The Partido Popular is going to make life very difficult for him. Rajoy should not just have walked away. He should have called early elections. He has now left Spain in a very delicate situation. Those who voted for Rajoy and the Partido Popular must be wondering what went wrong.

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Ron / Hace about 1 year

When the majority of the Spanish people vote a party to be in power and by default an alternative party takes power, that is NOT democratic and never will be. This situation just hands more power to the unelected EU commission and leaves Spain weaker than ever. It should be the Spanish political system fighting against Brussels than arguing amongst themselves.

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S.O. / Hace about 1 year

Of course it was democratic. 100%. May I suggest you read the Constitution. Rajoy himself said yesterday “ha pasado algo absolutamente democrático, el Congreso me quitó la confianza…”. The last general elections were over a year ago and a great deal has happened since then. It was perfectly legal and legitimate for the opposition to table a no confidence vote just as it would be in the UK and other countries. Pacts between different parties are commonplace. You may not be happy with the result – fair enough, I suspect that many others aren't either – but to imply that it was undemocratic says little of you as an editor.

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Richard Pearson / Hace about 1 year

M Irving, I thought you would be happy to have someone called Peter in power.

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M Irving / Hace about 1 year

Time for French voting system to be introduced I.e unrestricted number of candidates allowed in first round, followed by run off vote week later, between the two parties that had the highest number of votes in round one. Would get rid of all the'horse tading ' that's going on at present With Rajoy resigning, it's time for Sorya Santa Maria to be considered as a likely contender for PP leadership she's proved herself more than capable-time for Macho Spain ' to get real - time for Spanish women to shed male dominance.

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Richard Pearson / Hace about 1 year

Balearic Islands

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Palmadave / Hace about 1 year

Richard. Where is 'here' please?

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Richard Pearson / Hace about 1 year

TG, it’s the voting system that has failed, not Democracy.

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TG / Hace about 1 year

The Spanish people voted for the PP party. The people want the P.P party in power. Democracy has failed in Spain. Very sad times.

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Richard Pearson / Hace about 1 year

Exactly the same situation here and still they have managed to stay in power for over 3 years.

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