SPANISH ELECTION 2015

Markets react skittishly to election

Ibex 35 retreats and borrowing costs rise following new scenario of political uncertainty

SPANISH ELECTION 2015

Socialists confirm they will vote ‘no’ to Rajoy as prime minister

PP and C's pressure PSOE not to block investiture as maneuvering to form government begins

LATIN AMERICA

Kidnapped intelligence chief rescued in Mexico State

Two armed men abducted the CISEN agency official in front of his home in Toluca

Latin America

Mexican Catholic Church endorses medical marijuana use

Archbishop of Mexico City calls for review of drug’s therapeutic uses

BEAUTY PAGEANT

Spain wins first ever Miss World title

Barcelona model Mireia Lalaguna, 22, scores upset victory over big favorites to take crown

HOUSING

Barcelona City Hall takes over more empty apartments from the banks

Mayor cuts deal with Spain’s “bad bank” to hand over 200 properties to at-risk tenants

Editorials

Change and stability

After turning the page on the two-party system, Spain now needs to be governed

Madrid City Hall sends out Christmas Eve dinner invite to 300 homeless

Charity event by a religious foundation and a catering firm will look “like a luxury wedding”

ENVIRONMENT

Forest fires that burnt through Cantabria this weekend put out

Weather conditions help extinguish blazes, which may have been started deliberately

SPANISH ELECTION 2015

What happens now if there’s no majority to form a government?

King Felipe will now play a key role in negotiations to vote in a prime minister There will be new elections if a leader is not found two months after first round of voting

SPANISH ELECTION 2015

Popular Party wins Spanish election but will find it difficult to govern

Fragmented scenario makes coalitions necessary, but finding partners will not be easy

SPANISH ELECTIONS 2015

Spanish general election 2015: As it happened

Popular Party is the most voted, leaving a highly fragmented Congress. Socialists maintain second place in terms of number of seats, but are closely followed by Podemos. Ciudadanos finishes fourth. Participation slightly up on 2011 polls