Mariano Rajoy re-elected as Prime Minister of Spain
Posted on:03 Nov 2016 18:11:54
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03 November 2016 Current Affairs: Mariano Rajoy was re-elected as the Prime Minister of Spain after winning a parliamentary vote. 170 lawmakers voted for him, 111 against and 68 abstained.
With this, Spain has its first fully functioning government since December 2015, when a general election left no party with a majority.
Mariano Rajoy : Mariano Rajoy became leader of the People's Party in 2004.
He was the Leader of the Opposition between 2004 and 2011 under Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero's government. He became the Prime Minister in 2011 following the People's Party landslide victory in the general election of 2011.
His party lost the majority in the 2015 general election. However, the election ended in deadlock. Thereafter, a second election in 2016 enabled him to be re-elected prime minister as head of a minority government.
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