MARIANO Rajoy is adamant the PP ‘has the right to govern’ after winning the most seats at Sunday’s general election.
The right-wing party secured 137 seats, an increase of 15 from December’s election result, but short of the 176 needed for an overall majority.
The Socialist PSOE came second with 85 seats, the Unidos Podemos pact secured 71 and the centre-right Ciudadanos 32.
Spain now faces another period of uncertainty as the parties attempt to form a coalition government.
Rajoy told a Madrid victory rally: “We have won the elections, we demand the right to govern.
“I am very happy. Spain will be what the Spanish people want it to be, it will have the government and the members of parliament the people want.
“The PP has won and the PSOE has won.It’s time to reflect and, of course, it’s time to focus on dialogue between the progressive political forces,” he added, in an apparent overture to PSOE leader Pedro Sanchez.