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‘All or nothing’: Spain’s Pedro Sánchez gambles on snap election

By Barney Jopson

29 May 2023 · 3 min read

Editor's Note

The FT analyzes the reasons behind Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez's decision to call a snap general election, just days after losing local and regional votes.

Spanish prime minister Pedro Sánchez, whose career has been marked by near death experiences and audacious gambles, has made his most daring bet yet by calling a snap general election the day after he was rebuked by voters.

Sánchez struck a tone of chastened humility as he announced a poll five months earlier than expected on July 23, saying his Socialist party’s defeat to the People’s party in local and regional elections meant it was necessary to “clarify” the will of the people.

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