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    Leader of the Spanish liberal Citizens party, Albert Rivera, said that in the last week of July - the first week of August the vote on Rajoy candidacy will likely to take place.

    MADRID (Sputnik) — Voting in the Congress of Deputies, the lower house of Spanish legislature, on the candidacy of Mariano Rajoy for prime minister is due to be held in late July-early August, the leader of the Spanish liberal Citizens party, Albert Rivera, said Tuesday.

    "On July 19, the Congress of Deputies will meet for its first session, and then will consult with King Felipe VI. I think, in the last week of July — the first week of August the vote on Rajoy candidacy will likely to take place," Rivera said at a press conference.

    The 2016 Spanish general election was held on June 26, the Popular Party (PP) received 33 percent of all votes counted, followed by the Spanish Socialist Workers' Party (PSOE) with 23 percent and the left-wing Podemos with 21.1 percent. The liberal Citizens finished on 13 percent.

    The PP has 137 seats in the 350-seat lower chamber of parliament, while the PSOE won 85 seats, Podemos has 71 seats and liberal Citizens is represented by 32 lawmakers.

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