Spain’s Podemos receives coalition offer excluding Pablo Iglesias

Acting Socialist PM says he will govern with party on condition its leader is not in cabinet

The protracted negotiations to form a Spanish government have taken a new twist that could create an awkward atmosphere in the family home of Pablo Iglesias, the leader of the anti-austerity party Podemos, and his wife, Irene Montero, who is the party spokeswoman.

Pedro Sánchez, the Socialist party leader and Spain’s acting prime minister, says he is prepared to form a coalition government with Podemos on condition that Iglesias does not hold a ministerial post.

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Spain’s Podemos receives coalition offer excluding Pablo Iglesias