Socialist smash-up could avert new election

PSOE ousts its leader, Pedro Sánchez, who had been adamant in his refusal to allow the investiture of the Partido Popular's Mariano Rajoy

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Pedró Sánchez during a press conference after he resigned as leader of the PSOE. Photo EPA

AN END to Spain’s 10-month political hiatus may be in sight following the resignation of the country’s socialist PSOE party leader on Saturday. Pedro Sánchez stood down after losing a vote of confidence at a specially convened meeting of the party’s 290-member Federal Committee in Madrid.

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