Spain's Socialist Party (PSOE) leader Pedro Sanchez presides over his party's executive board meeting in Madrid, Spain, December 28, 2015. REUTERS/Susana Vera TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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Spain's Socialist party chief Pedro Sanchez traveled to Portugal to meet the country's leader Thursday, in a sign he may be considering forming the same sort of left-wing alliance that brought down the ruling conservatives in Lisbon.Portugal's right-wing coalition won October elections but lost the absolute majority it had enjoyed since 2011 -- the exact same situation that Spain's conservative Popular Party (PP) now finds itself in after Dec. 20 polls.The current political limbo has left Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy scrambling to get support from Sanchez's Socialists (PSOE), which came second, to form a government.After winning the October elections, Portugal's Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho was eventually forced to resign when his minority government was toppled by a leftist alliance led by the Socialist Party.
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