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Negotiations underway to form a government in Spain

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Negotiations underway to form a government in Spain

<p>There are signs of movement on the political gridlock in Spain. At a meeting in the Spanish congress, Albert Rivera of the liberal Ciudadanos party said that he would support a government led by Conservative Mariano Rajoy if a package of reforms is agreed upon.</p> <p>Even with the support of Cuidadanos, Rajoy would still be 176 seats shy of a majority after two inconclusive elections. </p> <p>Rivera said: “For the good of Spain and Spaniards I’m willing to sit down to negotiate with those who, in my opinion, don’t deserve to rule the country. Those who I think have not done things well, those who have not committed in recent years to the fight against corruption. But I insist, there are two options: either we have a government that we don’t like or no government at all. Between those two options I choose the less bad one. “</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="es" dir="ltr">Rivera exige a Rajoy que ponga fecha a su investidura una vez que la Ejecutiva del PP apruebe las condiciones de C's <a href="https://t.co/dF99WsSdh4">pic.twitter.com/dF99WsSdh4</a></p>— Europa Press (@europapress) <a href="https://twitter.com/europapress/status/763312875125473280">August 10, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>Acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy of the Popular Party called upon the Socialist party to compromise. He told a press conference: “If Mister Pedro Sanchez doesn’t change his stance, if he doesn’t change the ‘No’ for another answer, the investiture is impossible, completely impossible and you all know that.”</p> <p>Newcomers Cuidadanos have used the stalemate to push through reforms aimed at tackling political corruption.</p> <p>Rajoy continues to face an uphill struggle to form a government. He must somehow get his political opponents from the Socialist Party on his side.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="es" dir="ltr">El <span class="caps">CIS</span> refuerza a Pedro Sánchez en su decisión de mantener el no a Rajoy <a href="https://t.co/R9g1bxJQbp">https://t.co/R9g1bxJQbp</a> Por <a href="https://twitter.com/gonzalocortizo"><code>gonzalocortizo</a> <a href="https://t.co/0NPu0TYplA">pic.twitter.com/0NPu0TYplA</a></p>&mdash; eldiario.es (</code>eldiarioes) <a href="https://twitter.com/eldiarioes/status/762891963158835200">August 9, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>