Sat. Dec 14th, 2019

Socialists and Podemos reach preliminary agreement for coalition government in Spain

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Caretaker Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez and the leader of left-wing Unidas Podemos, Pablo Iglesias, have reached a preliminary agreement to form a coalition government after Sunday’s inconclusive general election in Spain, El Pais reports.

Sunday’s election – the country’s fourth in four years – left Spain’s parliament even more fragmented than a previous ballot in April, with the Socialists in the lead but further away from a majority.

Talks between the leaders of the PSOE and Unidas Podemos began on Monday night in complete secrecy. It was only this morning, when the preliminary agreement was already on its way, that Socialist sources went public.

The same sources explained that once the deal is done, there will be talks with other political groups who supported Sánchez’s successful motion of no-confidence against former PP Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy last summer, a move that saw the Socialist politician take power.

Via ElPais / Reuters 

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