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Spain's Sanchez says to form government based on constitution

Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez of the Socialist Workers' Party (PSOE) and his wife Begona Gomez celebrate the result in Spain's general election in Madrid, Spain, April 29, 2019. REUTERS/Sergio Perez

MADRID (Reuters) - Spain’s Socialist leader Pedro Sanchez, fresh from a win for his party in national elections on Sunday, said the only conditions he would place on forming a coalition government would be respecting the constitution and promoting social justice.

Sanchez, whose party won the most votes but no parliamentary majority, told supporters he would put up no “safety cordon” in talks to form a government, a common expression used in the campaign to show one party refused to make a deal with another.

Reporting by Andres Gonzalez and Isla Binnie; editing by John Stonestreet