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