For the second time in six months, Spanish elections ended up with no party winning a majority although the ruling People's Party increased the number of seats they hold.
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|The center-right party of acting PM Mariano Rajoy the People's Party (PP) won 137 seats an increase of 14 from the last elections in December. However, 176 seats are needed for a majority in the 350 seat legislature. Nevertheless Rajoy told cheering supporters: "We have won the elections.We claim our right to govern." Rajoy must now enter a round of talks with other parties to drum up enough support to form a coalition government with a majority. The effect of the recent Brexit vote in the UK may have encouraged more to vote for the relatively conservative PP but it was not enough to form a majority government.|