Clock Is Ticking as Spanish Politicians Seek Governing Pact

  • Parliament must choose a premier by May 2 to avoid new ballot
  • Socialist leader takes first crack at winning confidence vote

Pedro Sanchez, leader of Socialist Party.

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Ten weeks after a general election produced an unprecedented deadlock in parliament, efforts to form a government in Spain are entering a critical phase.

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