July 25, 2019 / 12:34 PM / 4 months ago

Spain's Podemos urge Socialists to negotiate further, not call elections

Unidas Podemos' (Together We Can) leader Pablo Iglesias delivers a speech during the final day of the investiture debate at the Parliament in Madrid, Spain July 25, 2019. REUTERS/Sergio Perez

MADRID (Reuters) - The leader of Spain’s far-left Podemos party, Pablo Iglesias, on Thursday urged Socialist leader Pedro Sanchez to keep negotiating with his party after talks collapsed, and not to lead the country to a repeat election.

A source in Podemos has said the party would abstain in a vote in parliament later on Thursday, meaning Sanchez won’t get enough votes to be confirmed as prime minister.

It is now up to Sanchez to decide whether he wants to try and seek parliament’s backing in further votes in September or head straight to an election. Iglesias made proposals to Sanchez during his speech, saying he was willing to give up on his demand that his party lead the labour ministry.

Reporting by Andrei Khalip and Jesus Aguado; Editing by Ingrid Melander

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