Spain’s Socialist Leader Quits as Party Shapes to Let Rajoy Win

October 1, 2016 7:41 PM

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Spain’s Socialist leader Pedro Sanchez resigned on Saturday, pushed out by rebels after more than 10 hours of tempestuous talks in Madrid, potentially signaling the beginning of the end for the country’s nine-month political impasse.

With his supporters gathered outside the party’s headquarters, Sanchez announced his resignation in a televised statement after his call for an emergency leadership election was rejected by group’s federal committee. He was defeated 133 votes to 107, a party spokesman said. Sanchez had been seeking ...

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