New round of talks to start on October 24 to form Spanish government

The two main PP and PSOE parties and others will be invited by King Felipe to try and find a breakthrough

LAST UPDATED: 14 Oct, 2016 @ 17:06
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A NEW round of talks to form a government are set to start on October 24.

The two main PP and PSOE parties and others will be invited by King Felipe to try and find a breakthrough.

It comes after the socialist leader Pedro Sanchez resigned this month, following a 10-month political deadlock, with no party holding an overall majority of 176.

Acting PP prime minister Mariano Rajoy has already failed twice to win over opposition parties, and a new vote must be held before October 31 to avoid a third general election in December.

The Socialists, who are set to elect a new leader this month, could abstain from the vote, allowing Rajoy to assume power in a minority government.

Caretaker PSOE leader Javier Fernández insisted the PSOE’s 290-strong federal committee, and not its 85 MPs will decide whether to abstain.



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