AP EXPLAINS: Why Spain is voting again after just 6 months

June 26, 2016 4:47 AM

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After four years in power, the conservative Popular Party collected most votes in last December’s ballot but didn’t elect enough lawmakers to give it a majority in Parliament, like it had before. Mariano Rajoy, the party’s leader and incumbent prime minister, couldn’t get enough support from rival parties to form either a minority government or a coalition. The negotiations between parties dragged on for months as Pedro Sanchez, leader of the second-placed Socialists, also failed to clinch a deal that would let him govern. Unlike other European nations, Spain has never had a coalition government.

Europe is still bearing the scars of its recent financial crisis. In Spain, that means 20 percent unemployment and reduced government spending on national health care and public education. On top of that, political corruption has angered many Spaniards. Spain emerged from recession in late 2013 and ...

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