Spanish PM Rajoy may quit before no trust vote

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s government appears to be on the verge of collapse after Basque Nationalist Party confirmed it will vote against him in a no-confidence motion at noon on Friday. The party believes a ‘yes’ vote is what the Basque community is seeking.  Socialist Party (PSOE) is hoping to replace Rajoy with their leader Pedro Sanchez if Basque Nationalist Party supports his no-trust motion.  But the scenario may change if Rajoy resigns before the no trust vote. His absence in Parliament during the afternoon session triggered rumours that he may resign. If Rajoy quits, his People’s Party would act as a caretaker government until a new prime minister is sworn in. If he loses the no trust vote, Sanchez will become the new prime minister.