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Spain's Podemos leader says he still hopes for last minute government deal

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By Reuters
Spain's Podemos leader says he still hopes for last minute government deal
FILE PHOTO: Podemos leader Pablo Iglesias speaks during a plenary session at Parliament in Madrid, Spain, September 11, 2019. REUTERS/Sergio Perez/File Photo   -   Copyright  Sergio Perez(Reuters)

MADRID (Reuters) – The leader of Spain’s far-left Unidas Podemos Pablo Iglesias said on Friday that he still hopes for a last-minute government deal with the Socialists.

Without a deal, his party will not back Socialist leader Pedro Sanchez’s bid to be confirmed as prime minister, Iglesias told La Sexta television.

If a government is not sworn in by Sept.23, there will be parliamentary elections on Nov.10.

(Reporting by Jose Elias Rodroguez and Jesus Aguado; Writing by Ingrid Melander; Editing by Belen Carreno)