MADRID (AP) — The Latest on Spanish politics (all times local):
Spain’s caretaker prime minister has failed to receive parliamentary backing to form another government, setting off a two-month countdown to a possible new election.
Pedro Sánchez needed more “yes” than “no” votes from the lower house of the Spanish parliament on Thursday to stay in office. He only received backing from the chamber’s 123 Socialist members and one lawmaker from a marginal regional party, while a preliminary count had 155 “no” votes.
Sánchez had tried to entice the far-left United We Can party into a government coalition, but the two rivals failed to agree on how to divvy up Cabinet posts and other powerful positions.