Spain’s Feijóo loses chance to form government, setting up socialist Sanchez

People’s Party leader Alberto Nunez Feijoo delivers a speech at the Congress of Deputies during a second parliamentary vote to elect Spain’s next premier on Sept. 29, 2023.Javier Soriano | Afp | Getty ImagesSpain’s right-wing opposition leader Alberto Núñez Feijóo failed in his second bid to become prime minister, setting the stage for a fresh attempt at office from acting leader Pedro Sanchez.Feijóo received 172 parliamentary votes in favor of his investiture, with 177 against. He would have needed to win a simple majority of supporting votes during the Friday session.He faced and failed a harder task of clinching an absolute 176-vote majority from the 350-strong parliament during a first vote on Wednesday, when he fell four votes short of that threshold.Pedro Sanchez, acting prime minister and Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party leader, now has two months and two similar attempts to gain support, before parliament dissolves on Nov. 27 and elections are called for January.This is a breaking news story and will be updated shortly.

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