Spain’s coalition government approved

epa08104170 Spanish Prime Minister designate Pedro Sanchez (C) applauds his party's MPs after he delivered the last speech before the voting during the second session of his investiture debate at Lower Chamber of Spanish Parliament, in Madrid, Spain, 05 January 2020. Acting Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez faces his investiture debate for 14th legislative period after reaching an agreement with Catalan pro-independent party ERC and other minor parties. The Chamber will vote the investiture of Sanchez later today and if he does not obtain an absolute majority the vote will be repeated next 07 January when he only needs a simple majority. EPA-EFE/Mariscal

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Spain’s caretaker Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez was voted back in to power by Congress at the second round of an investiture debate on Tuesday.

Thanks to this vote, Sanchez will form a left-wing coalition government. This is the first coalition government since Spain’s transition to democracy after the regime of Francisco Franco.

As expected, the leader of the Socialist Party (PSOE) won a simple majority of just two more “yes” than “no” votes. In the end, 167 deputies voted in favor (PSOE, Unidas Podemos, the Basque Nationalist Party (PNV), Más País, Compromís, Nueva Canarias, Galician Nationalist Bloc (BNG) and Teruel Existe); 165 against (Popular Party (PP), Vox, Ciudadanos (Citizens), Together for Catalonia, Popular Unity Candidacy (CUP), Navarra Suma, Coalición Canaria, Foro Asturias and the Regionalist Party of Catalonia (PRC)); and there were 18 abstentions: (Catalan Republican Left (ERC) and EH Bildu).

The ERC — Catalonia’s largest separatist party — promised to abstain in exchange for talks over the future of the region.

Sánchez and Pablo Iglesias, who leads the far-left Unidas Podemos, or United We Can Party, recently restated their intention to form the first coalition government in Spain’s recent history.

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