Mariano Rajoy, Spain’s acting prime minister for the last 10 months and leader of the Partido Popular was sworn in as prime minister today (Monday) after winning a parliamentary vote at the weekend which ended the uncertainty of who was going to rule Spain. Rajoy took the oath of office in front of King Felipe at a short ceremony at the Zarzuela Palace.  

The long impasse ended in Saturday’s vote in favour of Rajoy, helped by the abstention of most of the PSOE socialist party congress members. This means Spain has its first fully functioning government since December, when a general election left no party with a majority, though Rajoy is set to face many problems as he will have to rule as a minority administration.   

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