Spain’s Socialists face parliament vote to form government

MADRID: Spanish lawmakers on Wednesday debated a bid by Socialist leader Pedro Sanchez to form a new government which looks almost certain to fail an evening parliamentary vote.

Sanchez’s Socialists, which came second in an inconclusive general election on December 20, face a confidence vote after conservative acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy passed him the baton last month.

Sanchez appealed to lawmakers on Tuesday to join in an alliance to oust Rajoy’s Popular Party (PP), in power since 2011, arguing Spain voted decisively for change in last year’s election.