MADRID – Spain's main political parties will meet after a regional election gave a small boost to Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's conservative Popular Party, but failed to dissipate doubts over whether he can form a new national government.
Rajoy has been running a caretaker government for almost a year after two inconclusive elections in December and June. His party won the most seats in both, but has been unable to win enough support in Parliament to form a government.
The Popular Party won local elections in the Galicia region on Sunday, but victory for the Basque Nationalist Party in Basque elections dampened hopes that Rajoy might be able to do a support-exchange deal with that party at the national level.
His party and others will meet separately Monday to analyze the results.