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Talks to form Spanish coalition government a tricky business

Spain appears certain to get a Socialist-led coalition government after the country's general election - the third over the past four years - produced a substantial shift to the left of the political spectrum.

Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, whose Socialist party emerged first in the ballots but failed to secure an overall majority, has already embarked on coalition talks with other like-minded parties in order to get past the 175-seat threshold in the 350-seat Parliament.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 02, 2019, with the headline 'Talks to form Spanish coalition government a tricky business'. Print Edition | Subscribe