Conservatives Stand by Mariano Rajoy Despite Losing Vote

  • PP says Rajoy’s candidacy unquestioned as third ballot looms
  • Liberal allies say PP needs a viable canditate to end impasse

Spanish conservatives rallied behind caretaker Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy despite his loss in a second confidence vote in parliament, which extended a political impasse and increased the chances of a third election as rival parties questioned his legitimacy.

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