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Podemos (United We Can) leader Pablo Iglesias, centre, flanked by new Health Minister Salvador Illa, left and Podemos member Alberto Garzon, minister of consumption pose with their ministerial briefcases in Madrid, Spain, Monday, Jan. 13, 2020. Iglesias will be one of four deputy prime ministers and in charge of social rights and sustainable development after a total of 22 ministers took their oaths in Spain's center to far left-wing coalition administration, a first in a country once dominated by two main parties taking turns in power. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

Despite differences, Spain gets its new coalition government

Jan. 13, 2020 1:38 PM EST

MADRID (AP) — Spain's first coalition government in the four decades since the return of democracy took shape Monday as 22 Cabinet ministers took their oaths of office. Questions though remained as to whether the government of two left-wing parties can see out its four-year term as it is a minority...

Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez addresses the media at the Moncloa Palace in Madrid, Spain, Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020.  Sanchez was chosen by Parliament as prime minister on Tuesday, ending a period in which he led a caretaker Socialist government following two inconclusive elections last year.(AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

Spain's leader: 'Dialogue' key to new left-wing government

Jan. 12, 2020 9:28 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez said Sunday that he wants the hallmark of his new left-wing coalition government to be the “dialogue” needed to tackle the country’s most pressing issues, including the Catalan separatist conflict. Sánchez said that...

Spain names economics, trade expert as new foreign minister

Jan. 10, 2020 7:31 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — Arancha González Laya, a lawyer with a track record in international relations, economics and trade, will be Spain's new foreign minister, the country's new coalition government said Friday. González Laya, currently a U.N. Assistant Secretary General and Executive Director of the...

Spain's caretaker Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, right and Podemos party leader Pablo Iglesias clasp hands after signing an agreement between the two parties in the Spanish parliament in Madrid, Spain, Monday, Dec. 30, 2019. Sanchez hopes to form center-left governing alliance to take office in the country in the coming days. (AP Photo/Paul White)

Spain government to have 5 members from anti-austerity party

Jan. 9, 2020 11:31 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — Spain’s new coalition government said Thursday it will include five members from the left-wing, anti-austerity United We Can party and that three of its four deputy prime ministers will be women. The Socialist Party of Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez has partnered with United We Can...

Spanish Socialist leader Pedro Sanchez takes his oath of office during the swearing in ceremony watched by Spains King Felipe VI, right at the Zarzuela Palace just outside of Madrid, Spain, Wednesday Jan. 8, 2020. Sanchez has taken an oath as Spanish prime minister a day after his proposal to form a leftist coalition government narrowly won a parliamentary confidence vote with support from smaller parties. (Juan Carlos Hidalgo/Pool Photo via AP)

Sworn in as prime minister, Spain's Sánchez readies Cabinet

Jan. 8, 2020 6:37 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — Socialist leader Pedro Sánchez took the oath as Spanish prime minister Wednesday, a day after his proposal to form a leftist coalition government narrowly won a parliamentary confidence vote with support from smaller parties. With the oath-taking before Spanish King Felipe VI,...

Spain's caretaker Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez applauds at the Spanish parliament in Madrid Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020. Spain's parliament chose Socialist leader Pedro Sánchez to form a new government Tuesday, ending almost a year of political limbo for the eurozone's fourth-largest economy. Sánchez won a cliff-hanger confidence vote 167-165, with 18 abstentions. It was the slimmest victory for a prime minister candidate in decades.(AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

Spain's Sanchez wins cliffhanger vote to form government

Jan. 7, 2020 10:47 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — Spain's Socialist leader Pedro Sánchez scraped through a confidence vote Tuesday with hard-fought support from smaller parties, allowing him to form a new leftist coalition government and end almost a year of political limbo in the eurozone’s fourth-largest economy. Sánchez's...

Spain’s parliament elects Socialist leader Pedro Sánchez as new prime minister to head a leftist coalition government

Jan. 7, 2020 8:31 AM EST
MADRID (AP) — Spain’s parliament elects Socialist leader Pedro Sánchez as new prime minister to head a leftist coalition government.
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...

Spain's caretaker Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez leaves after signing an agreement with the Podemos party in the Spanish parliament in Madrid, Spain, Monday, Dec. 30, 2019. Sanchez hopes to form center-left governing alliance to take office in the country in the coming days. (AP Photo/Paul White)

Spain's Socialists assemble support to form a government

Jan. 2, 2020 1:57 PM EST

MADRID (AP) — The possibility of a new government in Spain moved closer Thursday when a small party said it will abstain in upcoming confidence votes in parliament. The decision by the Catalan ERC party removes a major hurdle for interim Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez’s efforts to form a...