May 31, 2018 / 2:01 PM / 3 months ago

Basque party to vote against Rajoy in no-confidence motion, forcing him out: media

MADRID (Reuters) - The Basque Nationalist Party will vote against Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy in a no-confidence motion, Cadena Ser radio and La Sexta television said on Thursday, in a move that would almost certainly force him out of office.

Socialist leader Pedro Sanchez needs an absolute majority of 176 votes to become Spain’s new prime minister, and information from various parties suggested he had now secured 180.

Rajoy’s departure would trigger a second political crisis in southern Europe, further unnerving financial markets already wrong footed by failed attempts to form a government in Italy three months after a national election.

Reporting by Julien Toyer; Editing by Sonya Dowsett

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