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Spain’s socialists and left UP agree to form ‘government of cooperation’



Sanchez’s Socialist Workers’ Party (PSOE) was the clear winner of elections on April 28 with 28.7 per cent of the vote, although with 123 out of the 350 seats in parliament, the party was far from securing a governing majority.

King Felipe VI tasked Sanchez with forming a government recently.

Sanchez, therefore, began negotiations with the leaders of the other parties represented in parliament.

The PSOE has stressed that it does not want to form a coalition, except to govern alone.

However, it is seeking the support of as many parties as possible to form a “government of cooperation” to elect of the new head of government.

Iglesias said of the arrangement: “We don’t care about names. It’s the content that’s important. UP wants a “common, progressive and stable government that works for the good of the people.’’

Sanchez also said he was satisfied with the arrangement, however.

The socialist leader, with the support of UP, would get the votes of 123 PSOE lawmakers and 42 from UP.

However, he would probably also be dependent on votes from smaller regional parties, and possibly also those of Catalonian separatists.

Sanchez has been heading a minority government since June 2018, when he toppled conservative Mariano Rajoy’s government in a vote of no confidence.