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Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez was reappointed by the Spanish Parliament.

Agence France-Presse

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In power for five years in Spain, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez was reappointed Thursday by Parliament at the head of a country deeply divided by his decision to grant an amnesty law to Catalan separatists, in exchange for their support.

After two days of tense parliamentary debates, the socialist, who in recent years has proven his ability to survive politically, obtained the votes of 179 deputies, a number greater than the absolute majority set at 176.

The confidence of the Chamber (of deputies) has been given to Pedro Sanchez, declared its president, Francina Armengol, to applause from the benches of the left.

< p class="StyledBodyHtmlParagraph-sc-48221190-4 hnvfyV">This inauguration ends nearly four months of blockage since the legislative elections of July 23 and will allow Mr. Sanchez to form a new government with his allies in the far-left Sumar coalition.

Pedro Sanchez, who is 51 years old, will take the oath of office before King Felipe VI on Friday morning, the Royal Palace said.

Coming second in the July election, behind his conservative rival Alberto Nunez Feijoo, the Prime Minister has had to negotiate in all directions in recent weeks for the support of several regionalist groups, whose voices are crucial in a very fragmented Parliament.

< p class="StyledBodyHtmlParagraph-sc-48221190-4 hnvfyV">He particularly had to convince the party of Catalan separatist Carles Puigdemont, leader of the attempted secession of Catalonia in 2017, who fled to Belgium there six years ago to escape the legal proceedings launched against him.

Agreeing, after intense negotiations, to support Mr. Sanchez, Mr. Puigdemont obtained, in exchange for the votes of the seven deputies of his party, the upcoming adoption of an amnesty law for hundreds of separatists pursued by the courts. A measure that will allow him to return to Spain.

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Pedro Sanchez during a debate held Wednesday in the Spanish Parliament, on the eve of the vote for his re-election.

Exposing to deputies the priorities of his new mandate, clearly marked on the left with numerous social promises, Pedro Sanchez defended on Wednesday the necessity and constitutionality of this amnesty, to which he was nevertheless opposed in the past.

This measure will make it possible to heal the wounds opened by the 2017 crisis, declared the Prime Minister, assuring that he wanted to guarantee the unity of Spain through the path of dialogue and forgiveness.

Mr. Feijoo's Popular Party (PP) accuses the socialist of having conceded with the sole aim of remaining in power and raises the risk that Spain will find itself in the sights of Spain. European Union (EU), like Hungary or Poland, due to the attack on the rule of law that this measure constitutes, according to him.

< p class="StyledBodyHtmlParagraph-sc-48221190-4 hnvfyV">Amnesty undermines our international reputation and our democracy, denounced Mr. Feijoo as he left the hemicycle.

At the call of the PP, hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets across the country on Sunday to say no to this measure which is rejected, according to several polls, by a majority of Spaniards.

< p class="StyledBodyHtmlParagraph-sc-48221190-4 hnvfyV">A new mobilization is planned for Saturday in Madrid.

Daily far-right rallies in front of the Socialist Party headquarters in Madrid have steadily degenerated since last week. On Wednesday evening, 15 people were arrested for disturbing public order after further clashes with the police, according to the prefecture.

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Spaniards gathered in front of parliament in Madrid to protest against the re-election of Pedro Sanchez.

Due to these tensions, more than 1,600 police officers were deployed on Wednesday and Thursday to protect the parliament, which was completely sealed off. A device equivalent to that of a football match classified as high risk.

In this context, Mr. Sanchez called the &x27; opposition not to take advantage of this situation to set fire to the street.

A sign that the heterogeneous majority supporting the socialist promises to be unstable, Mertxe Aizpurua, the representative of Bildu, warned that the favorable vote of her party, considered the heir to the political showcase of the Basque separatist organization ETA, was not a blank check.


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