Spain’s political hot potato moves to PSOE

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PSOE leader Pedro Sánchez announcing the launch of his bid to form a government (Photo: EPA)

By Oliver McIntyre

SOCIALIST PSOE leader Pedro Sánchez has embarked on a difficult task of attempting to form a government, after King Felipe on Tuesday invited him to do so.

The move comes after acting prime minister Mariano Rajoy, whose centre-right Partido Popular was the most-voted party at the December 20 elections, rejected the King’s offer two weeks ago for Rajoy to attempt to form a government.

Sr Rajoy had acknowledged that he did not have sufficient support to seek investiture after the PP was unable to garner support from any of the other parties, while his own party has just 123 seats in the 350-seat Congress.

PSOE leader Pedro Sánchez stated on Tuesday that he will “reach out to both the right and the left” in seeking support to create a government, referring to the newcomer Ciudadanos and Podemos parties, respectively.

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