Spain's acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy gestures during a news conference a day after the most fragmented national election result in Spain's history in Madrid, Spain, December 21, 2015. REUTERS/Susana Vera
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Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy suffered a setback in his bid to stay in office as the Socialists refused Wednesday to back his attempt to form a new government following an inconclusive general election.Rajoy's conservative Popular Party won the most ballots in Sunday's vote but lost its absolute majority in the 350-seat lower house of parliament, taking just 123 .The Socialist leader reiterated that the Popular Party should be the first to try to form a government since it won the most votes.Rivera called for negotiations between his formation and the Popular Party and the Socialists to enable a stable government.He said the Socialists should be "responsible" and allow the Popular Party to govern in a minority to avoid early elections and he warned the party against trying to form a government with Podemos.
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