Mariano Rajoy

Spain's PM says he's ready for parliament investiture vote

Spain's acting prime minister Mariano Rajoy will try to persuade Parliament to let him form a government in a debate scheduled to begin Aug. 30, officials announced Thursday.

Ana Pastor, the Speaker of Parliament, announced the date after conservative Popular Party leader Rajoy clinched a deal with a smaller party to support his bid to return to power.

But Rajoy's attempt to collect enough votes from lawmakers to end eight months of political deadlock following two inconclusive elections looks doomed. His own party and the business-friendly Ciudadanos party together don't have enough seats in Parliament to get him the majority he needs so Rajoy still requires the...