Spain to Hold General Election Vote in December, Rajoy Says

Spain will hold a general election vote in December, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said Thursday, without giving a specific date for the ballot.

The vote will take place “around” Dec. 20, after the Spanish budget for next year is approved, Rajoy said in an interview on COPE radio.

Asked about the prospect of having to form a coalition to stay in office for a second term, Rajoy said the party that wins the most votes should take the lead in creating a government. Polls show Rajoy’s People’s Party leading over the Socialists but still short of a majority.

Rajoy is casting the PP as the political force that’s best-placed to keep nurturing economic growth as he faces the challenge of the Socialists and the new Podemos party that are channeling voter anger against his government’s austerity policies.

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