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Sanchez fails to secure investiture on first vote

Written by on January 5, 2020

PSOE leader Pedro Sanchez has failed his first attempt to get parliament’s backing to form a government, leaving him two days to secure support to end an eight-month political gridlock.

Mr Sanchez has been acting prime minister since inconclusive elections in April and November.

He needed an absolute majority of at least 176 votes in his favour in the 350-seat house to be confirmed as prime minister but failed to get it.

He obtained 166 votes in favour and 165 against, with 18 abstentions, while one MP did not attend.

A second vote – where he only needs a simple majority – will take place on Tomorrow which he is expected to win.