Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy gestures at the start of a motion of no confidence debate at Parliament in Madrid, Spain, May 31, 2018. (REUTERS/Sergio Perez)
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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 secured 175 as the parliamentary session got under way.The no-confidence vote is scheduled for Friday afternoon, and Sanchez was on Thursday morning trying to win over the Basque Nationalist Party, which has five seats and was due to make a final decision during the afternoon, when its leadership holds an extraordinary meeting.Rajoy said on Wednesday he intended to serve his four-year term without calling an early election. But opposition parties are expected to continue to try to oust him even if Friday's vote fails.
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