The head of Spain's conservatives failed to become prime minister in his first attempt

Alberto Núñez Feijo / Photo EPA-EFE/Enric Fontcuberta

The leader of Spain's conservatives, Alberto Núñez Feijo, today failed to secure enough votes in the House of Commons to become prime minister.

Feijo, whose People's Party won the most seats in the July election, failed to convince enough lawmakers from other parties to back him to win an absolute majority.

Feijo received 172 votes in favor, 178 against and no abstentions.

Spanish law allows him to try again on Friday, when a simple majority would be enough to become prime minister.

His party won the most votes and representatives in early elections on July 23, ahead of Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez's Socialists (PSOE).

As no party received enough support from the other parties to form a majority to govern, King Philip VI decided that the relative winner of the election would be allowed to try to form a government first.

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