Sanchez believes Spain can avoid elections

epa07803518 Acting Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez leaves after visiting Spanish Emeritus King Juan Carlos at Quiron Hospital in Pozuelo de Alarcon, Madrid, Spain, 30 August 2019. Emeritus king Juan Carlos recovers in hospital from a triple bypass surgery that was performed on 24 August. EPA-EFE/MARISCAL

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Spain’s acting prime minister Pedro Sanchez will lay out plans on Tuesday that he hopes will convince the far-left Unidas Podemos to support his last-ditch attempt to form a government and avoid a repeat election, he told El Pais newspaper.

Sanchez, whose Socialist Party finished first in an inconclusive national election in April, has been trying to rally support among parliamentarians to confirm him as premier.

“We don’t have to go to the polls,” Sanchez said in an interview published on Sunday in El Pais.

Meanwhile, Spain’s Socialist party extended its lead in two opinion polls published on Monday, amid a last-ditch attempt by acting prime minister Pedro Sanchez to get the support of far-left Unidas Podemos to form a government and avoid a repeat election.

Sanchez ruled out any chance of new talks to form a ruling coalition with the anti-austerity party Podemos. But he insisted that trust hasn’t broken down to the extent that he can’t reach consensus with them over a policy program, avoiding the need for a return to the ballot box.

“Between elections and a coalition government there’s an alternative, which is a government with a common progressive program,” Sanchez said in an interview with El Pais. “Next week we will present that program to civil society and especially the Podemos parliamentary group in order to find the necessary support so that the legislature sets things in motion.”

Via ElPais / Reuters / Bloomberg

Interview can be read in full here. 

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