Spain Prime Minister meets with upstart party leaders after divided vote

AP
Published Dec 28, 2015, 8:58 pm IST
Updated Mar 26, 2019, 2:00 pm IST
Rajoy is seeking support for his center-right Popular Party to govern as minority party.
Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy met with Pablo Iglesias on Monday morning, leader of the far-left Podemos party. (Photo: AP)
 Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy met with Pablo Iglesias on Monday morning, leader of the far-left Podemos party. (Photo: AP)

Madrid: Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy is meeting with the leaders of two upstart parties following the December 20 election that gave Rajoy's party the most votes but left it without a parliamentary majority.

Rajoy met with Pablo Iglesias on Monday morning, leader of the far-left Podemos party.

 

He was scheduled to meet later with Albert Rivera of the business-friendly Ciudadanos party.

Rajoy is seeking support for his center-right Popular Party to govern as a minority party or in a coalition but his options are limited.

The main opposition Socialist Party has ruled out an alliance with Rajoy and Podemos is unlikely to support him.

Ciudadanos says it would abstain in a parliamentary leadership vote, allowing to Rajoy to regain power, but he needs support from other parties to win that way.

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