PEDRO Sanchez has called a PSOE leadership election on October 23 demanding his party supports him.
The Socialist leader has thrown down the gauntlet to his political rivals as Spain faces a third general election in a year.
It comes after the PSOE scored some of its worst ever results in regional elections in the Basque Country and Galicia.
Sanchez is facing angry calls from the PSOE’s 26-strong executive to do more to end the deadlock paralysing Spain’s political system after two inconclusive elections.
Sanchez has been unable to reach an agreement with Podemos and Ciudadanos over issues such as a Catalan independence referendum, to which he is opposed.
Parliament has until October 31 to form a new government or a third election will be called.