Spain’s acting prime minister, Mariano Rajoy, won’t try to win the confidence vote from parliament he needs to claim a second term as rival parties line up to oppose his bid, a government press officer said by phone.

Rajoy has been struggling to muster support since losing a third of his lawmakers in December’s general election. The decision leaves open the possibility that he could force a new election and hang on to power by winning more seats at the second attempt.

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