Spain's Socialist Party chief steps down

Spanish Socialist Party (PSOE) leader Pedro Sanchez gestures during a press conference at the PSOE headquarters in Madrid following his resignation as party head during an extraordinary meeting of the PSOE Federal Committee on October 1, 2016Spain’s Socialist chief Pedro Sanchez quit Saturday after high-ranking party members staged a rebellion against him, in a move that could pave the way to unblocking the country’s political paralysis. Weakened by dismal results in general and regional elections, the Socialist party (PSOE) is deeply divided between those who want to let a minority government led by acting conservative Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy govern, and others like Sanchez who categorically refuse. The party will now be run by an interim executive, which may direct its lawmakers to abstain in a parliamentary vote of confidence on a Rajoy-led government, instead of voting against it as they did last month under Sanchez’s guidance, prompting its failure.

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