Spain PM Rajoy wins vote to govern

Ending 10 months of deadlock, Spain finally gets govt, but thousands already take to streets in protest

Spain PM Rajoy wins vote to govern

World Bulletin / News Desk

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy won a parliamentary confidence vote Saturday night, officially putting an end to more than 10 months of political deadlock in Spain.

Rajoy and his conservative Popular Party will now head a minority government in Spain’s parliament. He won the investiture by a vote of 170-111, with the abstention of 68 Socialists.

Spain has had a caretaker government for 315 days and two inconclusive elections, which saw the vote split for the first time between four main parties instead of the traditional two.

But at the last minute and after much in-fighting, the Popular Party’s traditional rivals, the Socialists, decided to abstain in Saturday’s vote to make way for a Rajoy government.

Spain had until next Monday, Oct. 31 to form a government or else third elections would have been automatically triggered for December.

Last Mod: 30 Ekim 2016, 09:15
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