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Rajoy re-elected as opposition Popular party boss

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 Rajoy re-elected as opposition Popular party boss
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Spain’s main opposition Popular party has re-elected Mariano Rajoy as party leader in Valencia.

Rajoy received over eighty four percent of delegate votes at the party’s convention, in which he was the only candidate.

There had been calls within the party for Rajoy to step down after defeat in Spain’s elections three months ago.

‘‘This party can win the elections and can win the confidence of many more Spaniards. But this depends on our capacity to make the necessary choices, and to work and explain to people who we are’‘.

One big surprise, was the appointment of Madrid Mayor Alberto Ruiz Gallardon to the party’s executive committee. The Madrid leader had previously been excluded from the party’s elite because of a conflict of personalities.