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Spain election fails to end political logjam

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>> No end to Spain's political logjam. The conservative People's Party winning most seats in the country's general election in six months. But it fell short of a majority. The socialists second with the insurgent Podemos third. Spain has faced deadlock since an inconclusive result in December's election. Now People's Party leader Mariano Rajoy says he should get the chance to form a government.
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but right now our aim is to serve the entire nation.>> Rahoy is still 40 seats short of the 177 needed for a majority. He could try to form an alliance with the socialists or center right Ciudadanos.
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But Reuters Bureau Chief Julian Troie says there's another option.>> The one that actually is the most likely would be a minority government of the PP, so only 137 seats. This government would be enabled by Ciudadanos and the socialists, we would abstain in a confidence vote. But then Rahoy would have to secure their backing for any legislation any regulation and that my prove difficult down the road.
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>> Meanwhile it was a disappointing night for Podemos the anti-austerity party had hoped to make big gains and was aiming to overtake the socialists as the main left wing force. Instead it ended the night with an unchanged number of seats. Little chance it'll play a part in breaking the deadlock.