Spain PM battles to stay in power as new parties rise

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy speaks during a press conference in Madrid on December 21, 2015Spain’s Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy faced an uphill battle to stay in power on Monday after his conservatives lost their majority in an election that saw dynamic new political groupings end decades of two-party rule. For more than 30 years, Rajoy’s Popular Party (PP) and the Socialists had alternated power, but millions of Spaniards exasperated with austerity and corruption scandals voted relative newcomers far-left Podemos and centre-right Ciudadanos into third and fourth place. In his first press briefing since Sunday polls that saw the PP take the largest share of the vote but lose its absolute majority in parliament, Rajoy offered dialogue with other formations to forge a government.

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