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King Felipe to meet party leaders in last-ditch effort to form a government
12 October 2016 @ 12:10

KING Felipe VI has called yet another round of one-to-one talks with all Spain's party leaders to check whether there may be any way of forming a government before he is forced to call a third general election.

The session is likely to be little more than a formality, given that the PSOE (socialists), the left-wing side of the 'big two' or 'establishment' coin and Spain's second-largest party, does not have a leader now Pedro Sánchez (pictured with the King) has resigned.

One of the main reasons over half the executive committee quit to force Sánchez out was his insistence on a 'no' vote to Mariano Rajoy, acting president and head of the PSOE's direct rivals, the PP – a subject which has seen voters, subscribers and party members themselves divided since the spring.

But it appears the PSOE still does not wish to vote for Rajoy, and it will decide one way or another next week.

Felipe VI will delay meeting with the party's administrative committee until after then.

A full list of names will be passed to the monarch on Thursday, October 20, and meetings will take place over Monday, October 24 and Tuesday, October 25.


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