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Spain's acting PM Mariano Rajoy loses parliament confidence vote

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By Euronews
Spain's acting PM Mariano Rajoy loses parliament confidence vote

<p>Spain has moved closer to having to call its third election in a year after the country’s acting premier was <a href="http://www.euronews.com/2016/06/27/spain-s-conservatives-win-general-election">denied a second term in office</a>.</p> <p>Mariano Rajoy of the centre-right People’s Party lost a parliamentary confidence vote receiving 170 of the 176 needed to form a government.</p> <p>The opposition Socialists led a wave of party leaders voting against him including the austerity alliance Unidos Podemos.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Spain's Socialists to vote against government, raising risk of new election <a href="https://t.co/VoQVbEpE7x">https://t.co/VoQVbEpE7x</a> <a href="https://t.co/tyxykCMtLr">pic.twitter.com/tyxykCMtLr</a></p>— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) <a href="https://twitter.com/Reuters/status/770902708576477185">August 31, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>Those who voted in favour of a second term for Rajoy included the anti-corruption Ciudadanos (Citizens) party and a small party from the Canary Islands.</p> <p>Rajoy now faces a second vote on Friday (Sept 2) in which a simple majority is needed. But this would require one or more of the other parties to abstain.</p> <p>But many view Rajoy as being tarnished by a long series of corruption scandals involving his party and unpopular austerity policies.</p> <p>If he loses Friday’s vote, Rajoy has two months to try to form a government, before triggering another election which could then fall on Christmas Day.</p>