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Spain's acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy called Monday for a government to be formed by early August after his conservative Popular Party (PP) emerged stronger from another inconclusive general election. The PP was the big winner of Sunday's polls, the second in six months, which played out against a background of turbulence and uncertainty from Britain's shock vote to leave the European Union. Rajoy told reporters he hoped to avoid extending this political limbo at a time of fragile economic recovery in Spain and uncertainty following Britain's shock exit from the European Union.
MADRID (AP) — Mariano Rajoy, the leader of Spain's conservative Popular Party, tried to form a "grand coalition" Monday after his party won the country's unprecedented repeat election — but his offer was quickly rejected by both the center-left Socialists and the business-friendly Ciudadanos party.