Socialist Pedro Sánchez loses first investiture vote

After a day of debate in Spain’s lower house, Socialist Party (PSOE) chief Pedro Sánchez was unsuccesful on Wednesday night in his bid to be voted in as the country’s next prime minister. From a total of 350 seats, he only counted on 90 from his own group and 40 from emerging center-right group Ciudadanos, with whom the PSOE signed a policy agreement last week paving the way for tonight’s bid to form a minority government. There were 219 votes against and one abstention.

Sánchez needed 176 votes for an absolute majority. Next vote is set on Friday.

In case of no solution, the most likely option is to have new election on June, 26th.

(El Pais)