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Rajoy Faces Vote This Week as He Moves to Reclaim Power in Spain

  • King Felipe nominates Rajoy to face second confidence vote
  • Caretaker prime minister likely to be confirmed Saturday
Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy.

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy.

Photographer: AVIER SORIANO/AFP via Getty Images

Caretaker Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy will face a second confidence vote in the Spanish Parliament on Thursday, this time with the tacit support of his Socialist rivals, as he seeks to confirm his return to power.

Rajoy said that King Felipe has asked him to seek lawmakers’ backing at a meeting in Madrid Tuesday. Speaking at a press conference, Rajoy pledged to reach out to other parties as he aims to govern for the next four years, though his People’s Party has just 137 out of 350 deputies.