• Spain’s conservatives to re-take power in end to crisis


    MADRID: Spain turns the page on a 10-month political crisis on Saturday as lawmakers ready to vote the conservatives back in power. Aided by divisions among his rivals, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy is widely expected to win a crunch parliamentary confidence vote, which will see him officially re-appointed as Spanish leader. At the same time, protesters unhappy about corruption and sweeping spending cuts during Rajoy’s first term are set to take to the streets, fearing his new government will be more of the same. In a sign of things to come, party leaders in this week’s pre-vote parliamentary debate came out fighting, criticizing Rajoy and each other just as they did for 10 months as the country went through two inconclusive elections.



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