July 25, 2019 / 1:49 PM / 25 days ago

Spain's Sanchez loses vote to be confirmed as PM

Spain's acting Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez reacts during the final day of the investiture debate at the Parliament in Madrid, Spain July 25, 2019. REUTERS/Sergio Perez

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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