PP claims election victory as socialists falter

With no absolute majority, political deadlock continues as pacts are sought

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Mariano Rajoy waving to PP supporters following the election resultsPhoto EFE

By Dave Jamieson

Acting prime minister Mariano Rajoy claimed victory in Spain’s general election last Sunday, despite failing to break the deadlock which has existed since the previous vote in December. His Partido Popular took most seats nationally, but fell 39 short of an absolute majority.

“We have won the election,” he told cheering supporters at a rally in Madrid on Sunday evening. “We demand the right to govern.” As he cast his own vote earlier, Sr Rajoy said: “Spain will be what the Spanish people want it to be.”

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