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Pedro Sánchez fails to pass Spanish Parliament's first vote

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Pedro Sánchez fails to pass Spanish Parliament's first vote

Rita Neves Costa

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The PSOE leader did not muster enough votes to be invested as Spain's prime minister this Sunday morning. Pedro Sánchez had 166 votes in favor, 165 votes against and 18 abstentions.

Pedro Sánchez's first inaugural vote as prime minister of Spain was not approved, as was already predicted, by an absolute majority. 176 favorable votes were needed, but the PSOE leader, who won the legislative elections on 11 November last year, had only 166 votes in favor.

The investiture of Pedro Sánchez will take place next Tuesday at 12 noon, where it should be approved by simple majority.

Sánchez has signed a governance agreement with Pablo Iglesias's Somos and other smaller national and regional parties. The Catalan Republican Left is expected to abstain from voting, making Sánchez's investiture possible.

Sunday's parliamentary debate was marked by some stirring in the stands, with accusations of "authoritarianism" to the King of Spain by EH-Bildu, the Basque nationalist party.

Across the political spectrum, the right and far right defended Philip VI and shouted "long live the King."

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