The Congress today holds the second and final vote to invest the president of the Government to the socialist candidate, Pedro Sánchez.
Unless last-minute surprise, Sanchez has the simple majority of the lower house that is essential to be invested in the second ballot, or what is the same, more votes in favor than against.
If there are no changes, the socialist candidate will be elected by a narrow margin, with 167 votes in favor, 165 against and 18 abstentions.
They will vote “yes” PSOE, Unidos Podemos, PNV, Más País, Compromís, NC, Teruel Existe and BNG; against the PP, Vox, Cs, JxCat, UPN, CUP, PRC, Forum and CC, while ERC and EH Bildu will abstain.
The president of the Congress, Meritxell Batet, has called the plenary at 12 noon although in any case, the vote will not be held before 12:45, at least 48 hours after the first vote last Sunday, in which Pedro Sánchez was not elected because he did not reach the absolute majority.
Before proceeding to this vote and as established by the Constitution, Pedro Sánchez may intervene for a maximum time of ten minutes and the spokespersons of parliamentary groups for five minutes each to fix their position.
This Monday, representatives of the PSOE, Unidos Podemos and Teruel Existe have denounced the existence of a campaign of harassment before today’s session Tuesday.
If, as expected, Sánchez is inaugurated president, the new coalition government could hold its first Council of Ministers on Friday, January 10.