SPAIN’S SO­CIAL­IST PARTY CHIEF STEPS DOWN

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MADRID: The em­bat­tled head of the Span­ish So­cial­ists Pe­dro Sanchez re­signed on Satur­day af­ter los­ing a vote among top party mem­bers, in a move that could pave the way to un­block­ing the coun­try’s po­lit­i­cal paral­y­sis. His res­ig­na­tion, which he an­nounced to a gath­er­ing in Madrid of the roughly 300 mem­bers of the party’s fed­eral com­mit­tee, could see the party lift its veto on a new gov­ern­ment led by act­ing con­ser­va­tive Prime Min­is­ter Mar­i­ano Ra­joy. Since De­cem­ber, Spain has been with­out a fully-func­tion­ing ex­ec­u­tive as ri­vals have failed to agree on a gov­ern­ment. – AFP

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