The People’s Party (PP) wins General Election but falls short of an absolute majority in Spain

Reti Espana, Interel's Public Affairs Partner in Spain, explain just what the recent general election results mean for the country and in particular, the People's Party.

The People’s Party has won the Spanish General Elections, but it lost its absolute majority. The cost of four years of managing the gruesome economic crisis has been high: along the road it lost 63 MPs (it got 186 in 2011) and 15.92% of the votes (44.62% four years ago).

The Socialist Party achieved a new historical negative record: it obtained 22% of the votes and 90 MPs, whereas in the 2011 elections it got 28.73% and 110 MPs. It remains as the second political party in terms of number of seats.
Podemos and its kindred parties come in as the third political party in terms of MPs (69) and percentage of votes (20.6%). The other emerging party, Ciudadanos, becomes the fourth force in Parliament with 40 MPs and 13.9% of the votes.

Turnout reached 73.2%, 1.5 points more than in 2011, when it was set at 71.69%.

Mariano Rajoy, as of today the acting president, does not have it easy to create a new government with support from Albert Rivera (Ciudadanos). PP and Ciudadanos total 163 MPs, 13 short of the absolute majority (set at 176 MPs). A hypothetical agreement PSOE – Podemos would total 159 MPs.

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