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Spain: PM Rajoy gives victory speech after PP wins General Election02:18

Spain: PM Rajoy gives victory speech after PP wins General Election

Spain, Madrid
June 27, 2016 at 00:33 GMT +00:00 · Published

Spanish Prime Minister and leader of the Popular Party (PP) Mariano Rajoy gave his victory speech in Madrid, Sunday, after the conservatives won the Spanish general election with all votes counted.

Addressing a huge crowd of supporters, Rajoy expressed gratitude to his voters and his wife, adding "We claim the right to govern precisely because we've won the elections. But what we need now is to be useful to a 100 percent of the Spaniards. To those who voted for us and those who didn't. We serve everyone."

The incumbent Popular Party (PP) won 32 percent of the votes and 137 seats in the 350-seat parliament despite being involved in a large-scale corruption scandal. The PSOE (Socialist Party) came in second with around 23 percent and 85 seats, closely followed by the leftist Unidos Podemos with around 22 percent and 71 seats.

The preliminary numbers mean the PP party didn't get enough seats to form a government on its own, not reaching the required majority of 176 lawmakers. The leader of Spain's liberal Ciudadanos party, which came in fourth and garnered 32 seats, said he is ready to initiate talks with the PP party and discuss the question of forming a coalition government, even though this would still leave them seven seats short of securing a majority. However, regional parties could join the coalition to make up six more seats.

Spain's previous election in December 2015 resulted in stalemate, with no agreement being reached on a coalition between the various political parties, none of whom maintains an overall parliamentary majority.

Spain: PM Rajoy gives victory speech after PP wins General Election02:18
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Spanish Prime Minister and leader of the Popular Party (PP) Mariano Rajoy gave his victory speech in Madrid, Sunday, after the conservatives won the Spanish general election with all votes counted.

Addressing a huge crowd of supporters, Rajoy expressed gratitude to his voters and his wife, adding "We claim the right to govern precisely because we've won the elections. But what we need now is to be useful to a 100 percent of the Spaniards. To those who voted for us and those who didn't. We serve everyone."

The incumbent Popular Party (PP) won 32 percent of the votes and 137 seats in the 350-seat parliament despite being involved in a large-scale corruption scandal. The PSOE (Socialist Party) came in second with around 23 percent and 85 seats, closely followed by the leftist Unidos Podemos with around 22 percent and 71 seats.

The preliminary numbers mean the PP party didn't get enough seats to form a government on its own, not reaching the required majority of 176 lawmakers. The leader of Spain's liberal Ciudadanos party, which came in fourth and garnered 32 seats, said he is ready to initiate talks with the PP party and discuss the question of forming a coalition government, even though this would still leave them seven seats short of securing a majority. However, regional parties could join the coalition to make up six more seats.

Spain's previous election in December 2015 resulted in stalemate, with no agreement being reached on a coalition between the various political parties, none of whom maintains an overall parliamentary majority.

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