Pedro Sánchez, the Socialist leader and acting prime minister of Spain, has lost a second bid to be confirmed by the country's parliament - the Cortes - and will not be able to form a government, a move that will force Spain to hold fresh elections in November.

The new poll will be the fourth time that Spaniards have been called to vote to choose a government in four years, and the fifth election held this year alone.

Sanchez was backed by his own 123 lawmakers and by one representative fr...

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