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Spain ruling party agrees talks with rival to ease deadlock

Spanish interim Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy during a press conference in Madrid on August 17, 2016Spain’s corruption-hit ruling Popular Party (PP) agreed Wednesday to negotiate with Ciudadanos to try and form a government, just days after the centrist grouping set a series of anti-graft demands as a condition to start talks. The move is a tentative first step towards unblocking the eight-month-long political paralysis that has gripped Spain as squabbling parties remain unable to reach any kind of agreement on a government following two inconclusive general elections. The conservative PP’s executive committee “authorised me and party leaders to negotiate with Ciudadanos”, acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy told reporters.

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