Spain's Rajoy starts talks to form government after vote

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Spain's Rajoy starts talks to form government after vote
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Spain's acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy began talks on Thursday with other political parties to try to form a government after his conservative Popular Party won repeat elections, but fell short of an absolute majority.


Rajoy met with the head of the regional government of the Canary Islands, Fernando Clavijo, who also heads the tiny Coalicion Canaria party, a Popular Party (PP) spokesman said.

The party is one of the formations whose support Rajoy is seeking to back his bid to form a new government and end months of political paralysis which triggered a second general election on Sunday after inconclusive December polls.

The Popular Party won 137 seats in last weekend's vote - the most of any party and 14 more than in December but still not enough for an absolute majority in the 350-seat assembly.

To form a government the PP needs the backing of either its longtime Socialist opponents, who came second in the poll, or that of fourth-placed business friendly party Ciudadanos and several smaller groups.

At the very least, Rajoy would need the other parties to agree to abstain in a confidence vote to allow a minority PP government to function.

Rajoy has headed a caretaker government with limited powers since the general election on December 20 which resulted in a hung parliament, after which parties failed to agree on a coalition, prompting the repeat vote.


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