The Wall Street Journal: Spain’s political deadlock gets complicated after Socialist leader resigns

MADRID—The resignation of Spain’s embattled Socialist leader has sidelined a powerful figure whose refusal to concede defeat to Mariano Rajoy, the conservative caretaker prime minister, has helped paralyze the government for nine months.

But with the Socialist Party still deeply divided over whether to allow Rajoy’s re-election by Parliament, it is uncertain whether Spain’s leadership deadlock will end soon enough to avoid a third national election in less than a year.

Months of increasingly tense infighting among the Socialists and years of increasing losses at the polls culminated on Saturday in the exit of Pedro Sánchez, after the party’s Federal Committee rejected his plan for an internal election to renew his position as party leader.

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