British PM Cameron congratulates Spanish vote winner

20th November 2011, Comments 0 comments

British Prime Minister David Cameron on Sunday congratulated Mariano Rajoy on his landslide triumph in Spain's national election, adding he anticipated a close working relationship with the incoming leader.

Cameron called the Popular Party leader shortly after partial results revealed his party's record victory, according to a statement issued by the British leader's Downing Street office.

"The Prime Minister spoke to Mariano Rajoy at 9pm (2100 GMT) tonight, congratulating him on the performance of the Partido Popular (Popular Party) in the Spanish election, and on winning a crucial argument at a vital time for Spain and Europe," read the statement.

"The Prime Minister said he looked forward to working closely with the new Spanish government," it added. "Rajoy said he followed UK policy closely and was keen to establish a close partnership with the Prime Minister."

The conservative Popular Party won the biggest election victory in its history in Sunday's legislative vote, partial results showed with about 70 percent of ballots counted.

Rajoy's party won 43.61 percent of the vote and 187 seats in the lower house of parliament, against 28.2 percent and 111 seats for the ruling Socialists, partial results showed.

© 2011 AFP

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