PABLO Iglesias has lost his motion of no-confidence in prime minister Mariano Rajoy.
Only 82 MPs voted in favour of the Podemos leader’s motion, with 170 voting against and 97 abstentions, following a 12-hour debate in Congress.
Iglesias filed the motion in protest at a series of corruption scandals that have engulfed Rajoy’s right-wing PP party.
Rajoy said: “I am happy because the motion has been rejected by an absolute majority.
“It has been a very important rejection because in other countries in Europe rejection has produced radicals and extremists.”
Podemos were only able to muster the support of 15 MPs outside their own 67 Congress representatives.
Albert Rivera’s Ciudadanos voted with Rajoy’s party in the no-confidence vote.