April 28, 2019 / 9:37 PM / 22 days ago

Spain's far-left Podemos says open to coalition government with Socialists

Unidas Podemos' (Together We Can) candidate Pablo Iglesias reacts after Spain's general election results were announced, in Madrid, Spain, April 28, 2019. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante

MADRID (Reuters) - The leader of Spain’s far-left Unidas Podemos party said that, on the basis of results in Sunday’s national election, he would be open to forming a left-wing coalition government with outgoing Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez’s Socialists.

“I have expressed to him (Sanchez)...our willingness to work towards a coalition government,” Pablo Iglesias told supporters in Madrid after a tally of results with more than 95 percent of votes counted showed Podemos winning 42 seats.

The two parties combined would be around 11 seats short of a parliamentary majority, the same interior ministry tally showed.

Forming such a coalition “will take much time and I would ask for your patience,” Iglesias added.

Reporting by Isla Binnie and Andres Gonzalez; writing by John Stonestreet, editing by Ingrid Melander

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