MADRID, 11/13/2023.- The general secretary of the PSOE; Pedro Sánchez (c), together with the members of the Executive (from left to right) Pilar Alegría, Santos Cerdán, Cristina Narbona, Andrea Fernández Benéitez and Javier Izquierdo Roncero during the Meeting of the Federal Executive Commission of the PSOE that is being held this Monday at the party headquarters, in Madrid. EFE/PSOE *****EDITORIAL USE ONLY/ONLY AVAILABLE TO ILLUSTRATE THE ACCOMPANYING NEWS (MANDATORY CREDIT) *****

Sanchez investiture debate to be held Wednesday, Thursday

Madrid, Nov 13 (EFE).- Spain’s interim prime minister, the Socialist Workers’ Party’s (PSOE) Pedro Sánchez, is expected to be confirmed for another four-year term during a debate in parliament this week, Congress president Francine Armengol said Monday.

The investiture debate will be held on Wednesday and Thursday, Armengol said.

King Felipe VI appointed Sánchez to form a government last month, after Albert Feijóo – whose right-wing People’s Party (PP) narrowly beat PSOE in a July snap election – had failed in his attempts to garner enough support for a parliamentary majority.

Police officers stand guard as protesters attend a demonstration against the so-called Amnesty Law in front of Spain’s ruling party PSOE’s headquarters in Madrid, Spain, 12 November 2023. EFE/Daniel Gonzalez

Sánchez’s path to power was cleared last week after PSOE struck deals with the pro-independence Catalan groups Esquerra Republicana de Catalunya (ERC) and Junts per Catalunya (Together for Catalonia), as well as the Basque Nationalist Party (PNV) and the Canary Coalition (CC), giving Sánchez 179 of 350 parliamentary votes – enough for an absolute majority.

Junts leader Carles Puigdemont, who has lived in exile in Belgium since he and hundreds of other politicians and activists were charged for their roles in an unsanctioned 2017 independence referendum, had refused to back Sanchez in government unless the charges were lifted.

The agreements with the Catalan groups – which are underpinned by a highly controversial law that will grant pardons to those charged following the referendum – have sparked intense anger in Spain, particularly from the conservative People’s Party (PP) and the far-right Vox.

Hundreds of thousands of people demonstrated across Spain on Sunday to protest against the amnesty law. EFE