Spain's Socialist leader fails to become prime minister, new talks to start

March 4, 2016 8:04 PM

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Spain's Socialist leader fails to become prime minister, new talks to start

MADRID The leader of Spain's Socialists Pedro Sanchez failed on Friday to win the confidence of parliament to become prime minister, opening a new round of talks between parties to break an over two-month deadlock after an inconclusive election.

As on Wednesday when he lost a first investiture vote, Sanchez secured the backing of only 131 representatives in the 350-strong assembly.

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