Spanish lawmakers to vote on Pedro Sánchez leadership

Socialist leader Pedro Sánchez will face an investiture debate and vote on July 23 to decide whether he has enough support to form government

MADRID -- The speaker of Spain's lower house says that lawmakers will vote in late July to decide whether Socialist leader Pedro Sánchez has enough support to form a government.

Congress of Deputies Speaker Meritxell Batet announced Tuesday that a vote will take place on July 23. If the center-left leader doesn't win by a majority, he could still form a minority government with a vote two days later.

The anti-austerity We Can (Podemos) party wants positions in the new Cabinet, but Sánchez refuses. Even with their support, he would still need backing from smaller regional parties.