Spain's Socialist Leader to Reach Out to Other Parties, King Felipe to hold on further political talks

تم نشره في Mon 5 September / Sep 2016. 12:00 AM
  • Spain's King Felipe (L) talks with acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy before their meeting at Zarzuela Palace in Madrid, Spain, July 28, 2016. - (REUTERS)
  • Spain's Socialist Party (PSOE) leader Pedro Sanchez speaks during an investiture debate at parliament in Madrid, Spain, September 2, 2016. - (REUTERS)

MADRID — Spain’s Socialists leader, Pedro Sanchez, said on Monday he is to pursue talks with other political parties —including Ciudadanos and Podemos— in order to find a solution to the country's eight-month political deadlock which has resulted in Spain's King Felipe, who acts as a formal broker between political parties, to suspend consultations with leaders their failed attempt to form a new government, the speaker of parliament

Acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, leader of the conservative People's Party, failed last week to win a parliamentary majority in a confidence vote to form a government, beginning a two-month period in which parties again can try to gather support for another bid.

Sanchez tried to form a government with the anti-austerity Podemos and the centrist Ciudadanos in March but failed due to deep divisions between the parties. If the two-month period ends without an agreement, new elections will be called for December.