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Spain's Socialists face doomed vote to form government

Leader of Spanish Socialist Party (PSOE) Pedro Sanchez (left) shakes hands with left-wing party Podemos leader Pablo Iglesias before holding a meeting at the Spanish Parliament in Madrid on February 5, 2016Spain’s Socialist chief Pedro Sanchez was set to lose his bid to form a new government on Wednesday after key parties vowed to vote against him in an evening vote of confidence in parliament. Sanchez’s Socialists, who came second in an inconclusive general election on December 20, face the vote after conservative acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said he did not have the support to form an administration himself. To become prime minister Sanchez needs to win an absolute majority in the first round of voting in the 350-strong lower house of parliament.

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