Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero has announced early elections will take place on November 20 instead of next March.
The premier said one of the reasons he had set the date was to stop political debate from being dominated by speculation. He explained that future economic planning was a factor in the decision.
Speaking on Friday afternoon, Zapatero said: “I consider it important to have elections in the autumn so that the new government will take charge of the full economic year of 2012.”
Calling early elections will force the opposition to outline its economic policies and plans for the country, and give the leader of Partido Popular, Mariano Rajoy, his third chance at becoming prime minister, after losing to Zapatero on two previous occasions.
Rajoy praised the decision to bring voting forward.
“The elections are good news because it is what the majority of the Spanish people want. Now they will have their say and get the chance to make a decision soon. Now the people of Spain will play a major role,” he said.
However, it seems that not everyone is as happy with this opportunity to make their decision sooner rather than later.
One example is people from the Indignados Movement, who are unhappy with the high unemployment, the political system and political corruption. Juan is a member of the movement who is unimpressed with the announcement.
“The politicians use tactics to assess their best and worst moments. I am completely indifferent to the election. I am not interested,” he said.
Despite frustration with politicians, an early election may help in boosting investor confidence and easing credit flows, improving the country’s economic situation.