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Spanish elections: Socialists lead amid right-wing surge

Spanish elections: Socialists lead amid right-wing surge

Image copyright Reuters The governing Socialist Party in Spain looks set to win the most seats in the general election, but fall short of a majority as the first results come in. With more than two thirds of the votes counted, the opposition conservative Popular Party follows in second place, and the far-right Vox party

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The governing Socialist Party in Spain looks set to win the most seats in the general election, but fall short of a majority as the first results come in.

With more than two thirds of the votes counted, the opposition conservative Popular Party follows in second place, and the far-right Vox party appears to have heavily increased its vote share.

Right-wing parties have the most votes combined, though no majority.

Spain has not had a stable government since 2015.

This was the country’s fourth election in as many years.

Voter turnout at 18:00 local time (17:00 GMT) was 56.8%, almost four points lower than the last general elections in April.

Spanish politics has become increasingly fragmented in recent years with the emergence of new parties.

What could the results mean?

Based on earlier projections by public broadcaster RTVE, both the Socialists and Podemos have lost seats compared to the April elections.

That election ended in deadlock and the two parties failed to form a coalition together by the September deadline which forced Sunday’s election.

To form a coalition now, they would need to form alliances with smaller, nationalist parties, analysts suggest.

Meanwhile, the Popular Party (PP) and Vox could seek to make the most of their gains, if confirmed.

One PP politician said that Socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez should “start to think about going”, given the results of the RTVE poll, El Pais reports.



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