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The Wall Street Journal: Mariano Rajoy re-election as Spain’s prime minister

MADRID — Mariano Rajoy takes office for a second term as Spain’s prime minister this week, overcoming a 10-month leadership impasse but heading a minority government with little maneuvering room to enact legislation.

Rajoy, who was re-elected by parliament on Saturday night, faces pressing economic and fiscal challenges that he and his fellow lawmakers put aside while they were consumed by political gridlock. At stake is whether Spain can keep up the momentum that has made it the eurozone’s fastest-growing large economy.

The 61-year-old conservative takes office with the least parliamentary support of any leader since Spain returned to democracy following the death of dictator Francisco Franco in 1975.

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