Politics remain deadlocked after votes fail

A third general election will be called if the parties cannot form a viable coalition by October 31

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A growing number of socialist regional leaders, including Andalucia's Susana Diaz, are now calling on the PSOE to reconsider its position. Photo EFE

AS widely expected, Spain’s caretaker prime minister Mariano Rajoy failed in both attempts to win a vote of confidence in Spain’s lower house of parliament last week.

Both votes, following a debate on whether he should be invested as prime minister once again, were deadlocked at 170 for and 180 against.

Sr Rajoy was backed by deputies from his own party, the Partido Popular, and by those from the centrist Ciudadanos group with whom the PP recently reached an accord, plus one regional deputy from the Canary Islands.

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