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Spain's Socialists on brink of 'civil war'

Spanish Socialist Party (PSOE) leader Pedro Sanchez gives a press conference at the party headquarters in Madrid on September 26, 2016, a day after regional elections in the Basque Country and GaliciaSpain’s Socialist Party was on the verge of “civil war” Thursday after half its leadership staged a coup, in what could turn out to be good news for those desperate to end the country’s political deadlock. “A sad spectacle”, “War”, read headlines in Spanish newspapers, after 17 members of the party’s executive quit Wednesday in a bid to oust leader Pedro Sanchez, unhappy about the way he was navigating the Socialist ship through this year’s choppy politics. “The Socialists had already gone through other stormy periods in the past decades but never had we seen something like this: a coup… to depose a secretary general elected democratically by grassroots members,” wrote the right-wing El Mundo daily.

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