THE Socialist PSOE and Ciudadanos have rejected the PP’s offer to form a coalition government.
Despite increasing its number of seats by 14 to 137, Mariano Rajoy’s PP needs to go into a pact with one or more parties to reach an overall majority of 176.
Pedro Sanchez’s PSOE secured 85 seats, with Unidos Podemos wining 71, despite opinion polls suggesting Pablo Iglesias’s party would come second with up to 95 seats.
A PSOE spokesman said they would not support Rajoy ‘by action or omission’, an indication that they would not abstain from Rajoy’s investiture vote to make it easier for the PP leader to become president.
Ciudadanos’ number of seats dropped from 40 to 32, but Albert Rivera’ party have also resisted the PP’s overtures so far.
The investiture votes will take place in a month’s time, with Rajoy needing to secure 176 votes.
If he fails to do so, a second vote will be held but with a lower threshold as parties will be able to abstain.