June 26, 2016

Spaniards set to vote in general elections

Spaniards are gearing up to vote in general elections, hoping to break months of political stalemate

The polling stations are slated to open on Sunday. Four major parties will compete against each other for the second time since last December. The inconclusive December election resulted in a fragmented parliament.

The Popular Party garnered the most votes and 123 of the 350 seats but fell shy of a majority to form a government. It has, however, acted as a caretaker government since then. Recent polls suggest that the voting might again end in gridlock. They also predict low turnout due to a sense of frustration among people.

Analysts say, Brexit could tip the balance in favor of the leftist coalition of Podemos, since it supported the UK leave camp.


Elections live – Early polling data suggests turnout same as December polls - El País
LIVE BLOG: Spain 2016 General Election Day - TSR

Spain Goes To Polls After Brexit - TSR
- Catalonia government says Brexit results strenghtens case for Catalan referendum - SNT

Spain election: Conservatives win, but without majority (video) - Al Jazeera
Podemos fails to capitalize on its agreement with United Left and falls far short of overtaking the Socialists - El País

The PP has won the election, but who will help it into government? - El País
Nieuwe patstelling dreigt na Spaanse verkiezingen - FTM

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