Spain's Socialists under pressure to allow conservative to form government

Spanish Socialist Party (PSOE) leader Pedro Sanchez gives a press conference at the party headquarters in Madrid, on September 26, 2016Spain’s Socialist leader faced mounting pressure Monday to let acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy form a new government and end a months-long political impasse, after his party suffered losses in two regional elections. The Socialist party (PSOE) lost ground in Sunday’s elections in the northern regions of Galicia and the Basque Country to new anti-austerity party Podemos, which is seeking to replace it as Spain’s main party on the left. Rajoy’s conservative Popular Party (PP) renewed its absolute majority in Galicia and lost just one seat in the Basque Country.

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