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Some pain, some gain for Rajoy in Spanish polls

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Some pain, some gain for Rajoy in Spanish polls

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Elections in Spain have produced mixed results for the governing People’s Party.

On one hand, wins for nationalist parties in the Basque Country could prove a headache for Mariano Rajoy’s centre-right administration.

With 27 seats, talks lie ahead before the PNV party forms a government. The party says it will prioritise the economy over autonomy.

There was better news for Rajoy from his home region, Galicia, however. Here, the People’s Party won three extra seats, easily retaining its absolute majority and government, clinching 41 seats overall.

The victory should grant the Prime Minister some breathing space. Polls have suggested he is losing support. There have been massive demonstrations in Spain against cuts in public services and increases in tax.