Spain’s caretaker Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez won MPs’ backing to form a left-wing coalition government.
The vote ends almost a year of political gridlock but the vote was, as expected, extremely close with 167 votes in favour of the coalition and 165 against.
The acting prime minister, won largely thanks to 18 abstentions.
The ERC — Catalonia’s largest separatist party — promised to abstain in exchange for talks over the future of the region.
Sánchez and Pablo Iglesias, who leads the far-left Unidas Podemos, or United We Can Party, recently restated their intention to form the first coalition government in Spain’s recent history.
This is the first coalition government since Spain’s transition to democracy after the regime of Francisco Franco.
It is beleived that the new PSOE coalition government will continue to offer the same system of residency in as the prevoius government did.
Permanent residency is obtained after 5 years of Spanish Residency through Self-Empoyed Residency or Non-Lucrative Residency or Residency through Investment. This followed by 5 years as a permanent resident and means you can then obtain Spanish Citizenship with a Spanish Passport.