Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez’s Socialist party (PSOE) won 123 parliamentary seats out of 350 — short of an absolute majority.
Meet the candidates running for prime minister: Pedro Sanchez, Pablo Casado, Albert Rivera, Pablo Iglesias and Santiago Abascal.
Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez faced an onslaught of criticism from his right-wing rivals over Catalonia's secession ahead of the general elections on April 28.
Spain's Socialists led in a poll published on Saturday with 30.3 percent of votes, equivalent to between 122 and 133 seats in the 350-seat parliament.
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Around 200,000 people march through Barcelona against the high-profile trial of Catalan separatist leaders that started this week, which they dismiss as a farce.
Pedro Sanchez became the head of a minority government just over eight months ago, and his draft budget was rejected in parliament in protest of separatist leaders being put on trial for their role in a 2017 attempt to break Catalonia from Spain.
Catalan nationalists, who helped Spain’s socialists form a government, protested against the trials of their leaders, asking Madrid to negotiate their independence referendum. But Madrid flatly denied, opening the possibility of snap elections.
Right-wing and Catalan separatist lawmakers rejected Spain's draft 2019 budget, a move that could force Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez into calling early elections.
A dozen defendants are being tried on rebellion and other charges stemming from their roles in pushing ahead with a unilateral independence declaration of Catalonia in October 2017.
Demonstrators gathered in the capital's Plaza de Colon, waving Spanish flags. They chanted slogans in favor of the nation's security forces and for Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez to resign.
The Spanish charity Proactiva Open Arms rescued more than 300 migrants off the coast of Libya and is now docked in the port of Crinavis, in San Roque. It was earlier denied by EU states.
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