Spain’s Rajoy accepts mandate to form government.

Spain’s acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said on Thursday he had accepted a mandate from the King to form a government although he warned he might fail and left open the date for a potential confidence vote in parliament.
Rajoy said he would now open a round of talks with other parties to try to convince them to vote for his conservative People’s Party.
Most of them declined to support plans for a conservative-led government in talks with the King on Thursday and earlier this week, however, leaving the PP with just 137 votes in parliament when 176 are needed to secure a majority.

“Spain needs a government now, this government should be headed by the PP and there is no alternative to this,” Rajoy told a news conference after meeting with King Felipe.

Source: Reuters

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