Mr Sanchez inherited the Catalan crisis from former prime minister Mariano Rajoy, the thenleader of the Popular Party
. Mr Rajoy proved incapable of stopping support for secession from swelling in Catalonia to roughly half of the region's voters.
Recent opinion polls have shown the Popular Party
, Ciudadanos and Vox could win a majority of seats in parliament if elections were held, allowing them to replace the Socialist government.
Mr Rajoy's conservative Popular Party
has won three national elections in Spain since 2011, but it won less than 10% of the vote in Catalonia's regional election in 2015.
The Popular Party
and the Socialist Party have alternated control over the country for decades, but this election saw an upswing in votes for the Ciudadanos party and the anti-austerity Podemos party.
The Socialists were set to win 47 of the 109 seats in Andalusia's regional Parliament, with 99 percent of the votes counted, ahead of the conservative Popular Party
of Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, which was on course to win 33 seats.
Ana Mato stepped down on Wednesday after being linked to an alleged kickback scheme at the heart of the prime minister's conservative Popular Party
Rajoy, 58, was in fighting mood as he appeared in parliament, pouring scorn on calls for his resignation over allegations surrounding his ruling Popular Party
's disgraced former treasurer, Luis Barcenas.
Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's Popular Party
promised, in a manifesto ahead of its 2011 election victory, "to reinforce protection of the right to life".
A little in-depth investigation would have led him to the fact that the most popular party
in the recent gallop polls - and who will most probably form the next government - is Pakistan Tehreek Insf led by Imran Khan.
a e n The figures in the Sunday Business Post see Fine Gael remain the most popular party
in the country.
MADRID (TAP) - Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's conservative Popular Party
retained its majority in a key election in his home region of Galicia, exit polls showed on Sunday, while nationalist parties came out ahead in the Basque Country.
ANKARA, (SANA)-Turkish opposition Republican Popular Party
reiterated rejection of Erdogan's government hostile policy towards Syria and its intervention in the Syrian internal affairs as well as hosting armed terrorist groups in Turkey.