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Spain PM loses first parliament vote to remain in power

Madrid: Spanish caretaker prime minister Pedro Sanchez lost a first parliamentary confidence vote on Tuesday as he seeks to remain in power after an inconclusive general election.
A second, decisive vote has been scheduled for Thursday afternoon, before which Sanchez needs to reach a coalition deal with far-left Podemos, a party that was once an arch-rival. If he manages to form a coalition government, it would be the first in post-dictatorship Spain. If he fails to reach an agreement, Spain will hold its fourth elections in as many years. A total of 124 lawmakers in the 350-seat parliament voted for the Socialist premier in Tuesday’s vote. (AFP)

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