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Spain's PSOE leader Sanchez, left-wing party leader sign pre-agreement to form coalition government

Xinhua | Updated: 2019-11-12 22:26
Spanish acting Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez and Unidas Podemos (Together We Can) leader Pablo Iglesias shake hands during a news conference at Spain's Parliament in Madrid, Spain, Nov 12, 2019. [Photo/Agencies]

MADRID - Acting Prime Minister and Spanish Socialist Workers' Party leader (PSOE) Pedro Sanchez, and Pablo Iglesias, the leader of the left-wing Unidas-Podemos party, on Tuesday signed a "pre-agreement" for the two parties to form a coalition government in Spain.

The agreement comes just two days after Sunday's general election in Spain once again provided a divided Congress of Deputies (lower chamber in the Spanish parliament) with both the Socialists and Unidas Podemos losing seats.

The two parties now have a total of 155 deputies in the 350 seat chamber and despite the agreement with Undios-Podemos, Sanchez will still need the support of some of Spain's smaller parties in order to win an investiture vote.

This will be the first Spanish coalition gtovernment since 1975.

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