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Spain ends deadlock; Rajoy wins second term as PM

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>> Spanish law makers breaking a ten month political deadlock, awarding Mariano Rajoy his second term as prime minister on Saturday, but with the weakest mandate in Spain's modern history. The conservative leader will form the first fully functional government since December, after two inconclusive elections and months of turbulence.
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>> I don't think it will be smooth sailing at all for Rajoy.>> Reuters Sarah White is in Madrid.>> Rajoy's People's Party, the Conservative party, has 137 seats in Parliament in a Parliament of 350 seats. So he's very forceful to the majority. And Rajoy is going to have to negotiate every single day with lots of different parties to pass policies.
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These are parties that have never seen eye-to-eye on a lot of different issues. It's kind of unlikely that they're suddenly gonna sit down and reach broad consensus. Also in the last ten months, we've seen these different parties trading insults, blaming each other for the political blockage that we've seen.
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The threat of a third election will be permanently hanging over this next government.>>
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> Down the road from parliament, thousands gathered to protest Rajoy's reelection. But their anger was also directed at the opposition Socialist Party, which effectively allowed Rajoy back into power by abstaining in Saturday's vote.
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Rajoy's built a reputation as a political survivor. But the country's deep divisions showed the challenger heat in keeping that title.