Spain: Acting PM Sanchez fails in first attempt to form government

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The Spanish Congress of Deputies did not endorse the presidential candidacy of the Socialist Worker’s Party’s Pedro Sanchez in Madrid on Tuesday.

After a debate with the spokespersons of all parliamentary groups, the vote finished without Sanchez having achieved the support of at least 176 deputies, which represents the absolute majority in the 350-seat Chamber.

The Socialist leader received 124 in his favour, 170 against and 52 abstentions.

After this result, Sanchez will have a new opportunity to move forward his appointment on Thursday, in which he will suffice with a simple majority, meaning that the ‘yes’ overcomes the ‘no’.

Approval in the second vote will mostly depend on whether the Socialists and the far-left ‘United We Can’ party strike a coalition deal.

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