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Spain's Prime Minister hints at coalition move ahead of election

Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez delivers a statement at the Moncloa Palace in Madrid, Spain, November 24, 2018. REUTERS/Sergio Perez

Spain's prime minister has said he is open to a coalition with an anti-austerity party, hinting for the first time at a possible centre-left governing alliance after Sunday's national election.

In an interview published on Friday by El Pais newspaper, Socialist leader Pedro Sanchez said "it isn't a problem" for the far-left United We Can to become part of his Cabinet if he wins the tight race.

With Spain's electoral law banning polls during the last week of campaigning, it is unclear if the two parties will emerge strong enough in the lower house of parliament or whether a right-wing alliance could assemble a majority.

Mr Sanchez is calling on Spaniards to cast a "useful vote" and has warned that the rise of the far right in polls could be underestimated given the large pool of undecided voters.

Pic by REUTERS/Sergio Perez