Spain ends 10-month political crisis

Mariano Rajoy speaks to journalists after being re-elected during the parliamentary investiture vote for a prime minister, at the Spanish Congress (Las Cortes) on October 29, 2016Spain finally turned the page on a rollercoaster 10-month political crisis Saturday as lawmakers voted the conservatives back into power despite bitter divisions. Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy won a parliamentary confidence vote, pledging to plough on with his economic policies, despite the opposition blaming austerity in his first term for deepening inequalities. “Do no expect me to… damage economic recovery and job creation,” the 61-year-old told lawmakers in a pre-vote parliamentary session, referring to Spain’s return to growth under his watch.

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