Spain’s incoming Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has won a vote of confidence in parliament.
He received 187 votes in favour, 149 against and 14 abstentions, with the majority of opposition coming from socialist members, as well as some from Catalan nationalists. Rajoy promised to continue with deep spending cuts to bring down Spain’s deficit, and said he has high hopes for the future:
“I know that things are not easy and will be hard, but I have dreams for Spain, and I have the determination to move this country forward.”
Socialist Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba is now the parliamentary speaker, having been defeated by Rajoy in elections last month. He accused Rajoy of being all style and no substance: “We can see he likes to talk for the sake of talking,” he said. “But now he must act, and tell us what he plans to do.”
In his briefcase in parliament Rajoy held the names of the cabinet he will announce after being formally sworn in by the King on Wednesday. The new ministers will be charged with turning around the fortunes of Europe’s fourth largest economy.