Spain’s caretaker PM Mariano Rajoy hopes to form coalition

Spain’s caretaker prime minister, Mariano Rajoy, said he hoped to form a coalition government within a month, after his conservative party emerged from weekend elections with the biggest number of seats but short of an outright majority.
Spain’s caretaker PM Mariano Rajoy hopes to form coalition

Spanish voters delivered a hung parliament for the second time in six months in Sunday’s general election, heightening political uncertainty in Europe after the shock Brexit vote.

Rajoy’s conservative People’s Party (PP) emerged as the only major party to gain ground from inconclusive elections held last December, as voters flocked back to traditional parties and abandoned newcomers.

With global financial markets in turmoil over Brexit, Rajoy’s conservative People’s Party (PP) is under pressure to find backing from the second-placed Socialists and smaller centrist party Ciudadanos.

“I have to try to reach a majority to govern because without it, it’s very difficult,” Rajoy told Spanish radio.

The PP won 137 seats, up from 123 in the December poll but short of the 176 needed for an outright majority.

Rajoy said he would propose a coalition between the PP and its longtime Socialist opponents, who won 85 seats. Ciudadanos, which came fourth, could also join if it wanted to, he said.

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