After weeks of haggling, Socialist leader Pedro Sánchez has clinched a vote in parliament to lead Spain for another term as prime minister.
Sánchez secured a four-seat majority in the 350-seat chamber, after sealing an amnesty deal for Catalans involved in a failed bid to secede from Spain.
The conservative Popular Party won elections in July, but leader Alberto Núñez Feijóo failed to form a majority.
The Popular Party leader shook his opponent’s hand after the vote but later declared to reporters: “I told the president of the government that this was a mistake but he is responsible for what he has just done.”
The Socialists were clearly in the hands of those who wanted “recognition of a nation different from that of Spain and a referendum for self-determination”, Mr. Feijóo declared.
His reliance on two Catalan pro-independence parties to form a majority has infuriated opponents, who argue his proposed amnesty deal for hundreds of politicians and activists will trigger another bid for secession and threaten Spain’s territorial unity.