SPAIN’S political parties are now engaged in negotiations to work out who is going to govern the country.
Although the PP have won the most seats, Mariano Rajoy’s party will find it hard to find other parties to go into power with.
Their 123 seats is the lowest figure for the winning party of a Spanish general election since 1977, far below the 156 won by Jose Maria Aznar’s PP in 1996.
It is well below the 176 needed for an absolute majority, and an alliance between Ciudadanos and PP would still manage only 163 seats.
A coalition of the left between PSOE and Podemos would not achieve the magic figure of 176 deputies either.
However, they could take control of Congress if they cobbled together an alliance with some of the smaller Catalan or regional parties.
A highly unlikely alliance of the PP and the PSOE would be able to form a government with 213 seats.