Spanish voters deal blow to two-party politics

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy applauds from a balcony at his party's headquarters after the results announcements in Spain's general elections on December 20, 2015Spain dealt a blow to two-party politics Sunday in historic elections that saw the incumbent conservatives score an uneasy win tailed by the long-established Socialists and upstart, far-left Syriza ally Podemos. For more than 30 years, the Popular Party (PP) and Socialists had alternated power, but they now find themselves challenged by relative newbies Podemos and Ciudadanos, a centrist party that came fourth in the closely-fought legislative polls. While it took the largest share of the vote, the PP lost its absolute majority in parliament by a significant margin and will now have to form an alliance with other parties to govern or attempt to rule as a minority government, creating near-term uncertainty.

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