The leader of the Socialist PSOE party and acting prime minister, Pedro Sánchez, has once again blamed opposition parties for the failure of his investiture as new prime minister. He has asked them for "responsibility" and "reflection" to help smooth the way towards a new government following the example of other countries such as Portugal or Denmark.
In both these countries the Socialists govern alone but with support from other left-wing parties, an option that Sánchez is pushing for after losing last week's vote by MPs.
Sánchez leads the largest party but not a majority and if no new government is voted on by MPs before 23 September, new elections will be needed. However, opinion polls show that few in Spain want a repeat election.