September 3, 2019 / 11:06 AM / 3 months ago

Spain's Sanchez says no to a coalition government with Podemos

FILE PHOTO: Spain's acting Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez greets Unidas Podemos' (Together We Can) leader Pablo Iglesias at the Moncloa Palace in Madrid, Spain, May 7, 2019. REUTERS/Juan Medina/File Photo

MADRID (Reuters) - Spain’s acting prime minister Pedro Sanchez said on Tuesday that there was no alternative to a Socialist government that would include some independent members, rejecting once more far-left Unidas Podemos’ demand for a coalition government.

“It’s unfeasible,” Sanchez said, talking of lack of trust between his Socialist party and far-left Podemos after two failed investiture votes in July.

Sanchez was speaking to Socialist party members, NGOs and unions as he presented over 300 policy proposals in a last-ditch effort to secure allies to be sworn in as prime minister before a 23 September dateline. If there is no deal by that date, repeat elections will be held on November 10.

Reporting by Belen Carreno, Joan Faus, Emma Pinedo; Writing by Andres Gonzalez; Editing by Ingrid Melander

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