Effort to Form a Government Fails in Spain

NYT – Spain’s Parliament on Wednesday handed a defeat to the leader of the Socialist party in the first round of his long-shot attempt to become the country’s next prime minister.

Even though the party leader, Pedro Sánchez, will get another opportunity on Friday, when Parliament will hold a second round of voting, the result is likely to be the same. In turn, that would then raise significantly the likelihood of new elections in June to help break the deadlock among its four main parties — the outcome of the last election just a few months ago.

Should Mr. Sánchez get turned down again on Friday, the king will have two more months to give another opportunity to Mr. Sánchez, Mr. Rajoy or another party leader before concluding that only fresh elections can break the impasse.

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