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Weakened Rajoy Heads Into Difficult Talks Over Spanish Coalition

  • Socialist leader Sanchez says `new political era is beginning'
  • Anti-austerity Podemos places third with Ciudadanos fourth
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Uncertainty in Spain as Rajoy Loses Majority

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Spain entered uncharted political territory after Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy lost his majority in an inconclusive election that saw voters shift allegiance to new groups at the expense of the two main parties.

Rajoy’s People’s Party lost a third of its lawmakers even as it beat out the Socialists to take the most votes and earn the first shot at forging a government. With Spanish voters rewarding newcomers from anti-austerity Podemos and the liberal Ciudadanos party, who between them took 109 seats in the 350-member parliament, no clear governing majority emerged from Sunday’s ballot.