Spain's acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy (C) attends the investiture debate at the Parliament in Madrid, Spain, October 29, 2016. REUTERS/Susana Vera
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Spain's 10-month political deadlock is over and a new government is finally in place, but it's anybody's guess how long it will last. Parliament Saturday approved Popular Party leader Mariano Rajoy's reappointment as prime minister, but only because the leading opposition Socialist party, with 84 deputies, abstained.Rajoy's party won both elections, but lost the majority it had enjoyed since 2011 .As it stands, Rajoy has the backing of 170 lawmakers against 180 opposition deputies.The business-friendly party agreed to back Rajoy in exchange for a package of six conditions that included election law reform and anti-corruption measures such as scrapping legal immunity for deputies and creating a commission to investigate allegations that former Popular Party treasurers ran a slush fund. It remains to be seen if Rajoy will make good on the promises.The Socialists said they have no intention of approving a Popular Party budget, insisting Rajoy seek support elsewhere.Orriols, the political science professor, points out that while Rajoy running a minority government is an unknown entity, his party proved itself capable of managing a minority government between 1996 and 2000 under former leader Jose Maria Aznar, negotiating with all parties and even with trade unions.
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