Pablo Casado has been chosen as the new leader of the Spanish People’s Party (PP), the party confirmed at its extraordinary congress.
The former PP assistant communications secretary replaces Mariano Rajoy who stepped down as party leader after his government was ousted from power following losing a no-confidence vote in June.
37-year-old Casado defeated Soraya Saenz de Santamaria by taking 57.2 percent of the votes, in contrast to 42 percent won by the former deputy prime minister.
Saenz de Santamaria had won the first round of voting which had reduced the list of candidates from six to two, by taking 37 percent of the votes, but in the final round, Casado was able to attract the supporters of defeated candidates.
Casado appealed for unity in his acceptance speech, saying he would “need everyone” in order to return the party to power.