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Sunday 4 December 2016

Conservative Popular Party tops Spain poll but falls short of majority

Published 26/06/2016 | 08:51

A final campaign event of the Popular Party in Madrid ahead of the new election (AP)
A final campaign event of the Popular Party in Madrid ahead of the new election (AP)

Some 92% of the votes have been officially counted in Spain's country's repeat election and the conservative Popular Party leads with 32% of the vote, the Interior Ministry said.

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That means the Popular Party has at least 136 seats in the 350-seat Parliament, but not a majority of 176 seats it needs to form a government on its own.

The ministry said the centre-left Socialist Party is in second place with 23% of the vote and 86 seats.

The Popular Party, led by incumbent prime minister Mariano Rajoy, governed from 2011 to 2015 and is trying to be re-elected.

An election last December did not give any single party a majority. Six months of negotiations between the parties failed to produce a government, forcing Sunday's new election.

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