Spain's conservative Popular Party elects new leader Pablo Casado

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Spain's opposition Popular Party (PP) has chosen right-wing congressman Pablo Casado as its new leader. He replaces former Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy who was ousted in a no-confidence vote last month. Mr Casado, 37, has taken a hardline stance on Catalonian separatists and wants to lower taxes.

He will be tasked with rebuilding the centre-right party's support ahead of regional, municipal and European elections next year. Mr Casado, who served as the party's communications chief, was greeted with cheers and standing ovations as he addressed delegates in Madrid on Saturday.

"I want you to return to your municipalities, to your districts, to your villages, to your cities, to reconnect with society," he said. "[I want you] to excite our voters, and start preparing a winning project for the next elections." He added that the party had entered a new phase, and called for economic renewal through improved productivity and lower taxes.

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