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Spain's acting Prime Minister and People's Party leader Mariano Rajoy delivers a speech during an investiture debate at parliament in Madrid, Spain August 31, 2016. REUTERS/Andrea Comas

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MADRID (Reuters) - Spain's acting prime minister lost a parliamentary confidence vote for a second term on Wednesday, as expected, after he failed to win enough support from the opposition, bringing the country closer to a potential third election in a year.

Mariano Rajoy, of the centre-right People's Party (PP), secured the backing of only 170 representatives in the 350-strong assembly, six seats shy of the majority he needed.

Liberal newcomer Ciudadanos voted in favour of Rajoy, as did a small party from the Canary Islands. The Socialists, anti-austerity alliance Unidos Podemos, and regional parties from the Basque Country and Catalonia voted against him.

(Reporting By Carlos Ruano, Writing by Sonya Dowsett; Editing by Angus Berwick)

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