After two days of ill-tempered debate in Spain’s lower-house congress, 179 MPs approved Mr Sánchez’s ascension while 171 opposed it.
Mr Sánchez’s Left-wing coalition is being propped up by Basque and Catalan independence parties in a move that has divided Spain and led to angry riots.
The Catalan party leveraged its support by negotiating a controversial amnesty that will lead to hundreds of politicians and activists involved in the 2017 illegal Catalan secession attempt being freed of criminal responsibility.
Mr Sánchez admitted that the result of July’s general election, in which his party came second, meant it was time to “make a virtue out of necessity”, but said the amnesty would bring “concord between Spaniards”.
Lefty loses power but, as outgoing govt, gets first try at forming coalition, manages to and stays. This is good by certain standards.
In Poland, righties lost power yet might still manage to cobble together coalition to stay – also gain first attempt to do so because outgoing govt. This is an outrage to the same sorts of lefties who praise Spain.
Double standards much?