Mariano Rajoy Brey (Spanish: [maˈɾjano raˈxoi ˈβɾei]; born 27 March 1955) is a Spanish politician. He has been Prime Minister of Spain since 2011, during the X and XII legislatures.
He became leader of the People's Party in 2004 and Prime Minister in 2011 following the People's Party landslide victory in that year's general election becoming the sixth president of the Spanish democracy. His party lost their majority in the 2015 general election, but after that election ended in deadlock, a second election in 2016 enabled Rajoy to be re-elected prime minister as head of a minority government.
Rajoy was a Minister under the José María Aznar administration, occupying different leading roles in different Ministries between 1996 and 2003, and he also was the Deputy Prime Minister between 2000 and 2003. He was the Leader of the Opposition between 2004 and 2011 under José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero's government.