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Spanish defence minister out of running for top job

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Spain’s first female defence minister is not in the running to become Prime Minister. Carme Chacon announced she will not seek her party’s nomination in the next general election.

Chacon, who was heavily pregnant when she took the defence post three years ago, said she was stepping aside:

“In recent days, we’ve experienced an escalation that threatens the unity of the party, the authority of the head of government and the stability of the government.”

That leaves the path clear for fellow Socialist Party member and current deputy prime minister, Alfredo Rubalcaba. However, he has an uphill battle after the party suffered heavy losses in Sunday’s regional elections.