Members of the Spanish socialist opposition party are blocking Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy by filing a no-confidence motion against him after his party was found profiting from illegal kickbacks.
The corruption case “seriously damaged the health of our democracy,” Spanish Socialist Workers' Party (PSOE) leader Pedro Sanchez said.
“That is why we have filed a motion of no confidence against Prime Minister Rajoy this morning,” Sanchez said Friday.
Rajoy said he would fight off the no-confidence vote and serve his four-year term, and ruled out calling an early election.
“This goes against the political stability that our country needs and it goes against the economic recovery. It is bad for Spain,” he told a news conference.
The opposition Socialists presented their no-confidence motion to parliament Friday while Rajoy’s former allies, Ciudadanos, issued him with an ultimatum: call an election or face their own second motion of no confidence.
“A motion of no confidence that aims to bring normality back to our public life and to do away with this corruption thriller into which the People’s party has plunged our politics, so that we can talk about the things that matter to our citizens,” Sanchez said following a meeting with the PSOE committee.
Per Spanish legislature, members of the Senate are prohibited from ousting the current government and initiate elections; ministers must reach a consensus over the replacement administrator.