Spain’s Mariano Rajoy loses first confidence vote
Acting prime minister likely to win second vote on forming government
Acting prime minister Mariano Rajoy leaves his seat after the investiture debate in the Spanish parliament in Madrid. Photograph: Sergio Perez/Reuters
Spain’s acting prime minister Mariano Rajoy lost a parliamentary confidence vote on Thursday but is expected to win a second vote on Saturday, opening the way for a minority conservative government after a 10-month political deadlock.
Mr Rajoy, of the People’s Party (PP), secured the backing of 170 representatives in the 350-strong assembly, six seats short of the majority he needed.
The Socialists, the second largest party in two inconclusive elections after Mr Rajoy’s PP, voted against Mr Rajoy on Thursday. But they have agreed to abstain in a second confidence vote on Saturday where Mr Rajoy needs only to win more votes in favour than against him to secure a second term in office, a threshold he is expected to reach. – (Reuters)