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Europe's crisis claims another victim: Spain opposition conservatives oust Socialists at polls
MADRID (AP) ' Spain's opposition conservatives swept into to power Sunday as voters enduring a 21.5 percent jobless rate and stagnant economy dumped the Socialists ' the third time in as many weeks Europe's economic crisis has claimed a government.
With 84 percent of the votes counted, the center-right Popular Party went from 154 seats in the last legislature to 187, while the Socialists plummeted from 169 to 110, their worst performance ever.
PP Secretary General Dolores de Cospedal claimed victory at PP headquarters as jubilant, flag-waving supporters danced outside. Socialist party counterpart Jose Blanco conceded defeat and congratulated the PP.