Mariano Rajoy on 29 October 2016 was re-elected as the Prime Minister of Spain after winning a parliamentary vote. 170 lawmakers voted for him, 111 against and 68 abstained.
With this, Spain has its first fully functioning government since December 2015, when a general election left no party with a majority.
About Mariano Rajoy
• Mariano Rajoy became leader of the People’s Party in 2004.
• He was the Leader of the Opposition between 2004 and 2011 under Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero’s government.
• He became the Prime Minister in 2011 following the People’s Party landslide victory in the general election of 2011.
• His party lost the majority in the 2015 general election. However, the election ended in deadlock. Thereafter, a second election in 2016 enabled him to be re-elected prime minister as head of a minority government.