MADRID (Reuters) – Spain’s acting prime minister Pedro Sanchez has mere hours to secure a coalition deal with far-left Unidas Podemos and win support from smaller parties if he is to be confirmed in a vote on Thursday and avoid the risk of a repeat election.
Talks between Sanchez’s Socialists and Podemos have proved difficult and tensions between the two parties reached a new high on Wednesday evening as both camps suggested talks were all but dead amid mutual recriminations.
Sanchez - Seats - April - Election - Majority
Sanchez, who won the most seats in an April parliamentary election but fell short of a majority, needs the support of Podemos, as well as the abstention of at least one other smaller party to reach the simple majority required to be confirmed as premier in Thursday’s vote in parliament.
The negotiations remain stuck on the question of what role Podemos would play in a possible coalition government, which would be Spain’s first in the modern era.
Sanchez - Vote - Spain - Election - Years
If Sanchez loses the vote, Spain could face its fourth election in as many years as the country struggles to adjust to an increasingly fragmented and polarized political landscape – unless he makes fresh attempts to be backed by parliament in September.
The debate will begin at 1:30 p.m. (1130...
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