Spanish Prime Minister resigns after defeat in local elections
Pedro Sanchez, Spain's prime minister, has called early general elections for July 23 after his party suffered a heavy defeat in local and regional elections.
During a speech to citizens today, Sanchez said he had informed King Felipe VI of his decision to dissolve parliament.
"I made the decision when I looked at the results of yesterday's elections," said Sanchez. "Although yesterday's elections had local and regional scope, the meaning of the vote conveys a message that goes beyond that. That is why, as prime minister and general secretary of the PSOE, I personally accept the results," he added.