September 17, 2019 / 12:09 PM / a month ago

Spain's Iglesias insists on coalition deal, seeks delay on decision

FILE PHOTO: Podemos leader Pablo Iglesias speaks during a plenary session at Parliament in Madrid, Spain, September 11, 2019. REUTERS/Sergio Perez/File Photo

LONDON (Reuters) - Spain’s far-left Unidas Podemos leader Pablo Iglesias on Tuesday reaffirmed that he would only support Socialist leader Pedro Sanchez’s bid to be confirmed as prime minister if he agrees to a coalition government, making a repeat election more likely.

Speaking at a news conference, Iglesias also said it would be “reasonable” for King Felipe VI to give more time to talks ahead of a deadline next Monday.

The Socialists have repeatedly rejected agreeing a coalition government with Podemos.

Reporting by Jesus Aguado and Isla Binnie; Writing by Ingrid Melander; Editing by Catherine Evans

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