Spain’s embattled Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has survived a no-confidence motion brought by the anti-austerity Podemos Party.
The outcome had been expected to fall in favour of the People’s Party leader as the Socialists had said they would abstain and other parties had declared their intention to vote against the proposal.
The motion was rejected by 170, there were 97 abstentions and 82 votes in favour.
It was seen as a strategic move by Podemos. Its leader, Pablo Iglesias is said to be vying to position his party as the main opposition, as the Socialists struggle with decreasing support.