03-06-2015

President Bauzá, now the acting president, has offered a “stability pact” to the leader of the PSOE socialist party in the Balearics, Francina Armengol, as a means of avoiding a government of the “extreme left”. In making the offer, Bauzá, whose Partido Popular party had its worst ever election result on 24 May, losing 15 of its previous 35 seats in parliament, stressed that the PP had, nevertheless, been the most voted-for party and that only it could “guarantee the stability needed by institutions”, noting that PSOE had also suffered a loss at the election.
Bauzá warned that Armengol might be about to deliver PSOE into the arms of the extreme left: what she worries about least, he said, was stability, while what she was most concerned with was the number of seats (in parliament with a coalition). Armengol, he went on, has to decide whether to surrender to Més and Podemos or accept a pact with the PP that he had proposed prior to the election.
While Armengol will have her parliamentary seat, it would appear that it will not be that of the president, Bauzá suggested, and this possibility is already causing disagreements within PSOE ranks. The proposal for a pact with the PP was on the table: one for maintaining stability that will guarantee growth of 3.3%, the highest in any region of Spain, as well as a continuing rise in employment.
While the PP is making its offer to PSOE, Armengol’s party has been holding discussions with Més and Podemos regarding a possible coalition.

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