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Watch: Spain’s prime minister gets punched in the face

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy was punched in the face during a campaign event for the upcoming general election in his home region of Galicia on Dec. 16. (Video: Reuters)

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy was struck in the head while on the campaign trail ahead of his country's general elections on Sunday. While talking to voters in the town of Pontevedra, located in Rajoy's home region of Galicia, Rajoy was punched in the face by a young man standing right next to him.

The attack took the prime minister by surprise. He stumbled and lost his glasses, but appeared otherwise unhurt apart from a red mark on his face. The YouTube video above was uploaded by a local Galician newspaper.

Rajoy's ruling conservative Popular Party is expected to win elections this weekend, despite presiding over a withering economic slump that has seen record youth unemployment rates.

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