October 1, 2016 / 6:36 PM / a year ago

Spain's Socialist leader Sanchez resigns after losing party vote - source

A supporter of Spain's Socialist party (PSOE) leader Pedro Sanchez holds his poster outside the party's headquarters during the party's assembly meeting in Madrid, Spain, October 1, 2016. REUTERS/Susana Vera

MADRID (Reuters) - The leader of Spain’s Socialist party, Pedro Sanchez, resigned on Saturday after losing a party assembly vote, a party source told Reuters.

The party’s members had met on Saturday to decide whether to oust Sanchez, a step which could pave the way for the formation of a new government and end a nine-month political deadlock.

Sanchez has led a stand-off with acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s conservative People’s Party (PP), which won the most votes but fell short of a majority in two inconclusive elections, and the dispute has frustrated attempts to form a government.

Reporting by Blanca Rodriguez, writing by Angus Berwick; Editing by Julien Toyer

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