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Six Votes Rajoy Needs in Spain May Turn Up in the Basque Country

  • Basque Nationalists could take Rajoy to brink of majority
  • Regional election may throw up prospect of bargain with PP
Mariano Rajoy, Spain's prime minister, greets supporters in Barcelona.

Mariano Rajoy, Spain's prime minister, greets supporters in Barcelona.

Photographer: Pau Barrena/Bloomberg

Caretaker Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy may have a chance to end Spain’s nine-month political impasse and avoid an unprecedented third election after regional ballots in the north of the country next week clarify the state of play.

Since Rajoy lost a second confidence vote on Sept. 2, Spanish politicians have been back in campaign mode, fighting their own corners ahead of ballots in the Basque region and Galicia on Sunday. Once those votes are counted, they might be ready to cut a deal.