Spain's Socialist Party fails in second attempt to form government

The Spanish Parliament voted down a second bid late Friday by Pedro Sanchez, leader of Socialist Party (PSOE), for the post of prime minister in a minority government, following a failed attempt two days earlier.

The 44-year-old lawmaker needed a simple majority in the yes-or-no vote, which he lost 131-219 in the 350-seat chamber.

During the debate in the lower house, Sanchez said that the country "could not wait a minute longer for the renewal of its political life to begin."

Spain has struggled to form a government since inconclusive polls on December 20.

King Felipe VI last month asked Sanchez to try to form a government after conservative premier Mariano Rajoy was unable to secure enough support from other parties.

If Sanchez fails in his second bid, parties have until May 2 to form a new government. Should they remain unsuccessful new elections are to be called for June 26.

Last update: Sat, 05/03/2016 - 10:43
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