The Spanish parliament is to hold its second debate over Socialist Party (PSOE) leader Pedro Sanchez’s candidacy to form a new government, but signs show he won’t not be able to muster sufficient support from the other party’s.
Two and a half months after the general election, Spain still has no government.
After Sanchez failed to get the backing of a majority of deputies in a first round, Friday evening’s debate comes. This time, Sanchez only needs more votes in favour than against, but even that seems unlikely.
The Socialists won 90 seats in the 350-seat parliament on the December 20 elections and has so far gained the support of centrist Ciudadanos’ (liberal party) 40 deputies.
If Sanchez fails again, the Parliament has two months to choose a new government or face new elections on June 26.