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Pedro Sánchez rules out return to polls after Spanish vote delivers hung parliament

By Sam Joners and Lisa O'Carroll

24 Jul 2023 · 4 min read

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  1. Spain's Socialist leader, Pedro Sánchez, has ruled out a return to the polls after Sunday's inconclusive snap general election. His coalition was narrowly beaten by the conservative People’s party.

The Spanish Socialist leader, Pedro Sánchez, has ruled out a return to the polls following Sunday’s inconclusive snap general election, insisting a new government can be formed after his ruling coalition was narrowly beaten by the opposition conservative People’s party (PP).

Numerous opinion polls had suggested the PP and its potential allies in the far-right Vox party would comfortably win enough votes to topple the government of Sánchez’s Spanish Socialist Workers’ party (PSOE) and its partners in the far-left Unidas Podemos alliance.

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