On Saturday, 95.65% of nominated Popular Party electors from around the country chose to reelect Mariano Rajoy as the chairman of their party, during the party's 18th conference, held in Madrid.

No other candidate chose to compete against Mr. Rajoy, although his victory was slightly smaller than in 2012, when he won 97.56% of the vote.

Despite his resounding, uncontested win, he insisted the PP was party that was open to reform and change: "We are people who are capable of evolving and adapting, we are not a rigid, immovable structure. We change when it is necessary to adapt and remain in first place".

"We are reformist", he said: "but at our pace, that imposed by circumstances and the needs of society".

"We reject populisms and fight against them with the truth, good manage...

(To read the full article, please log in or subscribe now…)

Subscribe Now To Understand Spain Better, In English

Original, independent reporting and insight take you deeper into a changing country.

Spain is a fascinating country, its history full of intriguing characters and events, and the story is not over yet.

Catalan independence, Podemos, corruption, economic recovery and now a political crisis that might bring Rajoy's government down.

The truth still needs to be told, power still needs holding to account. Our collective futures depend on our ability to understand how our societies are evolving.

The Spain Report gives you fast reporting and deeply informed analysis of the latest news, events and trends changing this wonderful country, in English.

Your subscription guarantees our news and analysis are 100% independent.

Subscribe Now