Spain elects Sanchez as PM

MADRID: Spain’s Parliament has chosen Socialist leader Pedro Sánchez to form a new government and head a leftist coalition government. Tuesday’s vote ends almost a year of political limbo for the eurozone’s fourth-largest economy. Sánchez won a cliffhanger confidence vote by 167 votes against 165, with 18 abstentions. The confidence vote was already forecast to be extremely close, but Socialist leader Pedro Sánchez’s administration was widely expected to be elected by this exact difference. Sánchez has been caretaker prime minister since early last year. His narrow margin of victory has raised doubts about how long the coalition government will last, as its policies require parliamentary approval. Sánchez’s Socialists won two consecutive general elections last year, but both times they failed to capture a parliamentary majority.–Agencies