Spain's Socialist leader loses first vote to become prime minister

March 2, 2016 7:21 PM

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Spain's Socialist leader loses first vote to become prime minister

MADRID The leader of Spain's Socialists Pedro Sanchez lost a parliamentary vote to become the country's next prime minister on Wednesday, securing the backing of only 130 representatives in the 350-strong assembly.

The Socialists and liberal newcomer Ciudadanos voted in favor of Sanchez while the ruling conservative People's Party (PP), anti-austerity upstart Podemos, the former communist Izquierda Unida and four regional parties from the Basque Country and Catalonia voted against him. A small party from the C...

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