by Sarah Harper
Spaniards showed their support for the conservative Popular Party in Sunday's elections, ending eight years of Socialist government.
The New York Times reported that according to the official results, the Socialists lost 59 seats to the Popular Party, which appeared to have won a governing majority. The Popular party won 186 seats of the 350-seat lower house of Parliament.
Spaniards hope that the Popular Party, led by Mariano Rajoy, will help them face problems caused by Europe's debt crisis. These problems include falling property values, unbearable debt and the collapse of the construction sector, according to the New York Times.
Reuters reported that Spain is experiencing the European Union's highest unemployment rate, with 5 million people out of work.
The Popular Party won the biggest majority of any party in 30 years, according to Reuters.