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Popular Party concedes Socialist victory in Spanish elections

The Popular Party (PP) leader and presidential candidate Mariano Rajoy conceded Sunday his party's electoral defeat in the face of the victory of Socialist Party (PSOE) in the Spanish general elections.


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Popular Party concedes Socialist victory in Spanish elections
The Popular Party (PP) leader and presidential candidate Mariano Rajoy conceded Sunday his party's electoral defeat in the face of the victory of Socialist Party (PSOE) in the Spanish general elections.

He also congratulated his opponent Jose Luis Zapatero, who is to replace Jose Maria Aznar as chief of the Spanish government for the following four years.

Rajoy said people's participation in the polls had been democratic and eloquent as well as an answer to the barbaric aggression that shook Spain last March 11.

He also thanked the millions of Spaniards who voted for the PP and recognized its efforts in a campaign "tragically interrupted" by the train bombings.

Rajoy also declared that Spain was a great nation and thus its citizens could face future challenges and maintain their unity around the constitution.

"We abandon the government with clean hands and leaving the accounts clear and in order," he added.




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