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PP party decides shortlist for new leader

Soraya Sáenz Santamaría in Malaga recently.
Soraya Sáenz Santamaría in Malaga recently. / Fernando González
  • There are six pre-candidates, and the final choice is likely to come from three of them; Pablo Casado, María Dolores de Cospedal and Soraya Sáenz Santamaría

The PP party was deciding on Thursday who will be on the shortlist to be its new leader.

Only those party members who registered to vote can take part and it is expected that two favourites will emerge to go forward to a final vote at a party conference later this month.

There are six pre-candidates, and the final choice is likely to come from three of them; Pablo Casado, a party media chief, and former ministers María Dolores de Cospedal and Soraya Sáenz Santamaría.

Commentators have said that this is the most divided race for leadership in the party's history.