With the current political landscape in Spain, in which there is still no government agreement and the repetition of elections seems more than feasible as it already happened in 2016, many have thought about how much a country can be without an elected government and who holds the record for more days without having an executive. We see the first assumption and which countries are the protagonists of the second fact.
How long can you be without a government in Spain?
In our country there is no set deadline to form a government before the investiture session. But, as we have been saying for months, it does exist after this, being two months from that session. But failing to establish a specific deadline prior to the investiture session leaves a dangerous door open, that of months and months without having an executive.
Democratic countries that have spent more time without government
Of course, this list is headed by the most notorious case, also relatively recent, and it is none other than that of Belgium, which was a whopping 541 days with a government in office until October 11, 2014, when Walloon Charles Michel was elected Prime Minister. Follow him Cambodia: the Asian country spent almost a year, 353 days without an executive elected between 2003 and 2004.
In third position appears our country, Spain, that between December 2015 that General Elections were held, January 2016 that Mariano Rajoy resigned from the investiture, June of the same year that Elections were held again and on October 29, 2016 that Rajoy was elected by simple majority, a total of 314 days passed without government, or what is the same, 10 months.
Already in fourth position would be the young democracy of Iraq, which in 2003 went without a government for 249 days just after the US invasion the Middle Eastern country and the overthrow of its then leader, Sunni Saddam Hussein. The fifth place is for another consolidated and exemplary democracy in many aspects: The Netherlands, which two years ago reached 208 days without an executive until Mark Rutte took office on October 8, 2017 after a General Election that had been held on March 15 of that same year.