December 31, 2019 / 11:24 AM / 22 days ago

Spain's parliament speaker aims for investiture debate, vote on Jan. 4-7

FILE PHOTO: Spain's acting Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez and Unidas Podemos (Together We Can) leader Pablo Iglesias shake hands as they present their coalition agreement at Spain's Parliament in Madrid, Spain, December 30, 2019. REUTERS/Susana Vera

MADRID (Reuters) - Spain’s lower house plans to hold a confirmation session on Jan. 4, 5 and 7 on whether to renew Pedro Sanchez as Prime Minister, an official from the parliament’s speaker office Meritxell Batet said on Tuesday.

Batet is expected to make the formal call on Jan. 2, the official said.

On Monday, Socialist party’s leader Sanchez and the head of far-left party Podemos Pablo Iglesias reiterated they agreed to form a government coalition.

Since the two parties together fall short of a majority, the Socialist Party is currently courting support from Catalan separatist party Esquerra Republicana de Catalunya.

Reporting by Belen Carreno; writing by Inti Landauro; editing by Jesús Aguado

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