Spain's Socialists seek parliament support to form government

MADRID — Spanish parliamentarians are to hold a second debate and vote on Socialist party leader Pedro Sanchez's bid to form a government, but the signs are he won't be able to muster sufficient support from other parties.

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Friday evening's debate comes after Sanchez failed to get the backing of a majority of deputies in a first round Wednesday. This time, Sanchez only needs more votes in favor than against, but even that seems unlikely.

The Socialists won 90 seats in the 350-seat parliament in the Dec. 20 elections and so far have only got the support of centrist Ciudadanos' 40 deputies.

If Sanchez fails again, the Parliament has two months to choose a new government or face new elections June 26.



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