US welcomes new Spain government
The United States Monday congratulated Spain's Mariano Rajoy and his Popular Party for winning Sunday's election and pledged close cooperation with the new government as it tries to revive a stalled economy,
"Spain is obviously a close partner and ally of the United States, and we look forward to continuing our strong relationship with the future government of Spain on a wide range of issues," State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said,
Nuland congratulated the 56-year-old Rajoy on the resounding win Sunday. The conservative leader promised to ease Spain's 21.5-percent jobless rate and rescue it from the eurozone debt crisis.
His triumph sparked street celebrations by voters desperate for relief from Spain's economic pain, but markets were in turmoil on Monday.
Outgoing socialist leader Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero has been a close ally of US President Barack Obama and has been received at the White House.
Zapatero agreed to Obama's request to accept some prisoners from the criticized US detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and had backed the US leader at recent G20 summits.
© 2011 AFP