An attempt is underway in the Spanish parliament to form a new coalition government.
Socialist leader Pedro Sanchez is presenting a plan ahead of a confidence vote on Wednesday, but already it seems his bid to become prime minister after inconclusive elections in December is unlikely to succeed.
“I ask you for trust to build a government of change,” he told deputies.
“I offer myself to lead a government of common good based on two principles: common wellbeing and common sense, because Spain urgently needs a government and a political deal to produce that change.”
However, a lack of support from other parties means Sanchez will have an almost impossible job to win the confidence vote.
He struck a deal with one new liberal party but another has scoffed at the plan to form a coalition.
An abstention by the other main parties is what Sanchez is hoping for, to be able to form a minority government.
But already the main conservative Popular Party, which also failed to form a government, says it will vote against the plan.
If no agreement is reached new elections will be needed, most likely in June.
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Could Sánchez lose the parliament vote this week but still keep his chances alive of becoming Spain's next leader? https://t.co/gp8dDQ5EOZ— Raphael Minder (@RaphaelMinder) March 1, 2016
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