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What to Watch as Spain’s Socialists Make Bid to Form Government

Discussions can continue for months even if pact parties lose.
Voting Day In Spanish General Election
Photographer: Pau Barrena/Bloomberg

The leader of Spain’s Socialist party, Pedro Sanchez, faces a confidence vote in parliament this week, after signing a pact with the pro-market Ciudadanos to try to form a government.

But with too few seats between them, they are likely to lose this week’s votes, analysts say, setting the clock running on a two-month deadline before new elections must be called. Losing both votes in parliament this week doesn’t make new elections inevitable, although the current political impasse means that’s still the most likely scenario for many commentators.