Former leader of Spain's Socialist party (PSOE) Pedro Sanchez reacts during a news conference after resigning his seat as member of the Spanish Parliament in Madrid, Spain October 29, 2016. REUTERS/Susana Vera
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Spain's former Socialist chief Pedro Sanchez, who was ousted in a party rebellion this month, said Saturday he had quit as lawmaker just hours before his conservative rival is voted back in power.Throughout Spain's protracted political crisis, which saw parties unable to reach any viable coalition deal following two inconclusive elections, he steadfastly refused to back Rajoy's Popular Party, which came first in both polls but without enough seats to govern alone.But as election-weary Spain faced the prospect of yet more polls, the Socialists grew divided among those who wanted to break the deadlock and let Rajoy rule, and others like Sanchez who refused.As a lawmaker, Sanchez had the choice between going against his principles and abstaining, or going against his party and voting no to Rajoy.
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