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Spain's caretaker Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez arrives at the Spanish Parliament in Madrid, Spain, Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020. Sanchez is not expected to clinch an absolute majority during a first round of voting on Sunday but the Socialists insist they have the votes needed to get the required simple majority in a second vote Tuesday to put Sanchez back in the Moncloa Palace. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

Spanish leader fails to form left-wing government on 1st try

Jan. 5, 2020 7:04 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — Spain’s interim Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez failed Sunday on the first of two chances to win the endorsement of the Spanish Parliament to form a left-wing coalition government. The Socialist leader will have a second opportunity on Tuesday, when the threshold for success is lower...

Spain's Socialist leader Pedro Sanchez addresses lawmakers during a parliamentary debate at the Spanish parliament in Madrid, Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020. Spain's interim Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez faces a parliamentary debate Saturday ahead of his attempt to form a coalition government for the eurozone's fourth-largest economy. (AP Photo/Andrea Comas)

Spanish parliament debates formation of left-wing government

Jan. 4, 2020 8:13 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — Spain's lawmakers debated Saturday whether to approve interim Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez's proposal to form a left-wing coalition government and end a year of political instability for the eurozone's fourth-largest economy. Sánchez’s Socialist Party wants to form a...