The Wall Street Journal: Rival parties ally in Spain in bid to end political gridlock

MADRID — Spain’s governing conservative party, seeking to end months of political impasse, embraced an agenda of anticorruption measures and judicial overhaul in return for a centrist party’s agreement to support Mariano Rajoy for a second term as prime minister.

The agreement Sunday between Rajoy’s Popular Party and rival Ciudadanos still leaves the incumbent short of the 176 votes he will need for re-election Wednesday by the country’s new parliament. But it signaled a willingness by his party, hurt by allegations of illegal financing, to bend to critics on the sensitive issue of corruption.

Spain has been without a full-fledged government since a hung parliament elected last December failed to pick a prime minister and was dissolved.

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