Over 80,000 Spanish citizens have signed an online petition as of Wednesday, asking King Felipe VI of Spain to suspend the legislators' salaries and “put them on a diet” until they reach an agreement to form a Cabinet.
“As head of state, you should suspend employment and wages, immediately and retroactively, for all Congress people, as long as they fail to form a Spanish government,” stated the petition on Change.org.
The successful petition comes after Spain's conservative acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy failed to win the confidence of Parliament Friday to serve a second term as prime minister, starting the countdown to a possible third election if a deal can't be brokered in the next two months.
Far-right newcomer Ciudadanos voted in favor of Rajoy, as did a small party from the Canary Islands. The Spanish Socialist Workers' Party, the anti-austerity alliance Unidos Podemos, and regional parties from the Basque Country and Catalonia voted against him.
Spain has been without a functioning government since the last two rounds of elections—in December 2015 and June of this year—failed to hand a convincing mandate to any political party.