July 25, 2019 / 1:49 PM / a month ago

Spain's Sanchez loses vote to be confirmed as PM

MADRID (Reuters) - Spain’s acting Socialist prime minister Pedro Sanchez lost a parliamentary vote on Thursday to be confirmed in the job, raising the chance of a repeat election.

After weeks of acrimonious negotiations, Sanchez had failed to win the support it needed from far-left Unidas Podemos.

With lawmakers still announcing their votes one by one, the number of abstentions and “no” votes had already reached a threshold that meant a defeat for Sanchez.

Sanchez’s Socialists, which won the most seats in an April election but fell short of a majority, have until late September to attempt further confirmation votes in parliament.

If they don’t seek other confirmation votes or if they are unsuccessful, a new election will be held on Nov.10, Spain’s fourth in as many years.

Reporting by Madrid bureau, writing by Sam Edwards; Editing by Andrei Khalip and Ingrid Melander

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