Some of the politicians representing Alicante Province in the national parliament in Madrid are familiar faces.
One of them belongs to Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo (pictured centre), Foreign Minister in Rajoy’s previous government.
He headed the list of candidates for the Partido Popular (PP) in Alicante, which was the most-voted-for party in the province and will send 11 MPs to Madrid. The party scooped 71,000 more votes than in May’s municipal and regional elections but the outlook is less than rosy for Margallo and his fellow MPs.
Nationwide the PP has lost almost half of its seats, the majority to brand-new parties Podemos and Ciudadanos who have never been present in the national parliament.
In Alicante Province the Podemos-Compromis alliance is hot on the PP’s heels with three MPs in the national parliament. The PSOE socialists have another three while Ciudadanos has two.
Practically the same story played out in every Spanish region except Cataluña and the Basque Region where Podemos was most-voted-for.
No party has an overall majority and without interparty alliances, the PP cannot form a government.
Negotiation and dialogue were noticeably absent during the last legislature but are now the only option to calling another election early next year.