Monday 27 June 2016

Political deadlock in Spain

In Spain, the conservative People's Party of acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has won most seats in the parliamentary election. The party is however short of a majority. Spain's other main party, the Socialist PSOE is in second place. The left-wing Unidos Podemos coalition predicted to take over the socialist party came third and centre-right Ciudadanos was the fourth. The vote has failed to break the
political deadlock for six months since the inconclusive poll of December last year. Rajoy has said he had a right to govern. Official results give the PP 137 seats in the 350-seat parliament and the Socialists 85. Podemos have won 71 and Ciudadanos 32. Podemos leader Pablo Iglesias said his party has suffered an unsatisfactory result.

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