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Spain's socialists refuse to back Rajoy government

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By Euronews
Spain's socialists refuse to back Rajoy government

<p>The leader of Spain’s Socialist party has refused to back Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s second attempt to form a coalition government in six months. </p> <p>Speaking on Saturday Pedro Sanchez vowed to stop Rajoy following last month’s repeat election which failed to break Spain’s political stalemate.</p> <p>‘‘The Spanish people chose us because we are an alternative and that alternative to the popular party cannot join the popular party – clear and simple. They have to look for other allies,’‘ Sanchez.</p> <p>Despite winning by a wider margin than in December Rajoy’s Popular Party still fell short of an absolute majority in the June 26 parliamentary poll. </p> <p>For the moment, Rajoy’s best hope to form a government could be the liberal Ciudadanos party led by Albert Rivera. </p> <p>But, they have remained vague in their support for Rajoy, prompting fears that Spain’s political deadlock is set to continue.</p>