Spanish parliamentarians are expected to vote by the narrowest of margins on Tuesday to confirm Socialist leader Pedro Sanchez as head of a left-wing coalition government.
El Pais reports that although the outcome of the Sunday vote did not come as a surprise – Sánchez did not have enough support to secure an absolute majority of 176 seats in the 350-strong lower house of parliament – the Socialist leader is expected to win a simple majority of more yes than no votes on Tuesday.
The decisive parliamentary session is scheduled for 12 p.m. (1100 GMT).
An approval will break the country’s current political gridlock.
This victory hinges on a pledge of abstention from the Catalan Republican Party (ERC), a separatist group that has for weeks been negotiating the terms of its indirect endorsement.