Mariano Rajoy elected as Prime Minister of Spain once again after 2011

Mariano Rajoy on 29 October 2016 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.

About 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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