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Spain's Socialists quit en masse to end deadlock

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arly half of Spain's socialist party has resigned en masse. A move they hope will unseat their current leader and end nine months of political deadlock. On Wednesday, 17 members of the 38 strong executive committee quit. Spain hasn't had a government since inconclusive elections last December. A second road at the ballot box in June, also failed to end the impasse.
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Mariano Rajoy's center right People's Party won the most votes, but fell short of a majority both times. On each occasion the socialists collectively refusing to back the PP. But recently that tactic questioned. After Wednesday's mass resignation, the committee now has fewer than half it's original members. This should force it's dissolution ending Pedro Sanchez's time at the top.
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The party conference would then have to choose a new chief. Most analysts think this would pave the way for the socialists to tolerate a new Rajoy government. But some committee members say the party rules wont allow that, and that Sanchez is still very much their leader.