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Spanish leftist party unity may improve Socialist PM Sánchez’s re-election odds

Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez’s chances of being re-elected after July’s election received a potentially significant boost after a dozen small left-wing parties agreed to stand in joint elections. . The pact is expected to be an important aid to the socialists led by Sanchez. Post-election government negotiations.

The deal, signed late Friday, brought an end to days of intense negotiations between Deputy Prime Minister Yolanda Diaz’s newly formed alliance Sumar and the Socialist Party’s small but influential far-left coalition partner United. • An agreement with We Can was concluded at the last minute. Podemos.

Podemos and 14 other groups will form part of the Sumar Alliance ahead of the election, Sumar said.

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“Sumal,” which means “to add” or “to unite” in Spanish, was due to be officially registered as a political group to participate in elections later on Friday.

Last week, Sanchez called for early general elections on 23 July after the Socialist Party and United We Can were hit hard in the 28 May local elections.

A split in the left-wing Socialist Party was blamed for many of the local and local election defeats.

Spain’s Socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez’s re-election prospects may improve after a dozen small left-wing parties agreed to run for the United Front. (AP Photo/Bernat Armang, File)

Spain’s May vote swayed sharply to the right, with the main opposition Conservative People’s Party (PP) becoming the country’s main political force.

Most polls predict the PP will win in July, but it will need the backing of the far-right party Vox.

But a new deal between the country’s smaller left-wing parties, especially given that Díaz and Sanchez are two of the country’s most popular politicians, will likely prompt Sanchez to envision a new coalition government. may be useful for

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Antonio Barroso, deputy head of research at London-based Teneo, said: “A post-election PP-led government is the most likely scenario at this stage, but surges in support for left-wing parties still make it difficult for Sanchez to stay in power. It may help,” he said. Think Tank, in this week’s memo.

He added, “Without such a[unification of the left]deal, the distribution of votes between different parties would probably hurt the left, making it easier for the PP and the Box to reach a parliamentary majority of 176 seats.” Let’s go,” he added.

Sumar did not run in the May elections.

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The Socialist Party has led a minority coalition since 2019, but internal disputes with United We Can and some controversial legislation have taken a toll.

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