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Rajoy faces second doomed vote to form Spanish government

Spain's acting prime minister Mariano Rajoy gives a press conference in Madrid on August 29, 2016Spain’s acting prime minister will seek parliament’s backing to form a government for the second time on Friday but has little hope of success, raising the possibility of a third election in a year. Mariano Rajoy, whose conservative Popular Party (PP) has ruled since 2011, lost a first confidence vote on Wednesday with 170 in favour — six votes short of the required absolute majority. This time around he only needs more votes in favour than against but he is expected to fail again since the parties that opposed him have said they will maintain their “no” votes rather than abstaining to allow him to form a minority government.

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