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What Happens Next: Spain's Divided Parties Maneuver for Power

  • As many as 10 parties could be involved in coalition talks
  • New Spanish parliament must be called into session by Jan. 13

Spain is looking at a drawn out period of talks between as many as 10 different parties after Sunday’s general election produced the most divided parliament of the democratic era with no obvious governing alliance.

Under Spanish law a party leader needs to win an outright majority in the 350-seat chamber to be elected prime minister at the first attempt. In subsequent rounds, it’s enough to win the most votes, so tactical abstentions can help a candidate get over the line.