>> A date has now been set for a vote of confidence in the leadership of Spain's Prime Minister. Mariano Rajoy will learn his fate in Parliament on Friday. It comes amid a graft trial involving some members of his party. If the confidence motion passes, it could threaten his six-year rule.
But the opposition socialist party who proposed the vote may struggle to gather the support needed. Last week, dozens of people, some with links to Rajoy's people's party were convicted of fraud, tax evasion and money laundering, including the party's former treasurer. And were handed down prisons sentences totaling 351 years.
The case which relates to the use of a slash fund by the PP in the 1990s and early 2000s to illegally finance campaigns has played Rajoy since he took offers. He's always denied wrong doing. On Monday, the Liberal party, Ciudadanos how has likely to win a snap election according to opinion posts, urged Rajoy to call an early poll.
It said it would be willing to work with the Socialists to support a neutral candidate to oust the Prime Minister. Rajoy has said he will not call a snap election and will serve until the end of his term in 2020.