Spanish king holds talks with party leaders

Madrid – Spain's King Felipe VI has begun two days of talks with the leaders of the country's political parties, one month after Spain held inconclusive national elections.

The monarch on Wednesday met representatives of smaller parliamentary factions and late Thursday was to hold talks with Spain's acting prime minister, Pedro Sanchez. It is expected that Sanchez' socialists will then be tasked with forming a government.
The Socialist Workers' Party (PSOE) emerged the strongest party in elections held at the end of April, but with just 28.8 per cent of the vote they were far from capturing a majority of seats in parliament.
Sanchez is expected to seek a governing coalition with smaller regional parties, possibly including separatist parliamentarians from Catalonia.
Sanchez has been heading a minority government since June 2018, when he toppled conservative Mariano Rajoy's government in a vote of no confidence. He called elections after Catalan lawmakers withdrew their support for a budget proposal earlier this year.

Wednesday, June 5th 2019

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