MADRID (Reuters) – Spain’s acting prime minister Pedro Sanchez laid out his main priorities for government to parliament on Monday, as lawmakers in his party and its likely coalition ally said the time had come to confirm him in the job.
Almost three months after an inconclusive national election left Sanchez’s Socialists as the biggest party but short of a majority, he kicked off a week of debates and voting that will determine whether he can secure the legislature’s backing to form an administration.
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“This is what I will be doing in the coming days: request your confidence, appeal to your responsibility and generosity … so that Spain has a government,” Sanchez told deputies.
Employment, gender equality and fighting climate change would be his main priorities, he said.
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Spain has been in political limbo since the April 28 ballot, and until a few days ago a repeat election had seemed increasingly likely as negotiations between the Socialists and far-left Podemos foundered.
But late concessions on both sides have left party insiders confident that a deal to form what would be the first coalition government in Spain’s recent history will be struck this week.
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“There are no more excuses not to strike a deal. Voters would not understand it,” said one Podemos lawmaker who spoke on condition of anonymity given that coalition talks were under way.
That echoed what Socialist Party deputy secretary general Adriana Lastra told reporters at the weekend, saying she was convinced there would be an agreement.
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