Sunday, June 26, 2016

Spain Goes To The Polls Today

DW: Spain returns to polls for new parliamentary vote

Voters in Spain are set to elect a new parliament for the second time since December, after political parties failed to create a ruling coalition. The conservative Popular Party is predicted to claim the most seats.

Polls opened at 0700 UTC (9 a.m. ECT) in Spain on Sunday for a repeat parliamentary election aimed at breaking a six-month long political stalemate.

The two main contenders are the center-right Popular Party (PP) and the newly-formed far-left alliance Unidos Podemos, with pollsters predicting a conservative win.

At the same time, the new leftists are set to overtake the socialist PSOE, the traditionally largest left-wing party in Spain.

The anti-austerity Podemos formed an alliance with the communist United Left last month. Together, the two far-left parties pushed ahead of the moderate PSOE, in a country that is burdened by unemployment and government deadlock.

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More News On Spain's Parliamentary Elections

Spain votes again in attempt to break government stalemate -- AP
Spain prepares for second general election in six months -- France 24
Spain votes to break political deadlock, far left set to rise -- Reuters
Spain braced for déjà vu in second elections in six months -- The Guardian
Spain Begins to Vote as Rajoy Confronts Podemos in Ballot -- Bloomberg
Spain Votes in Election Rerun -- WSJ
Spanish voters head back to polls in bid to break deadlock -- BBC
After Brexit, Spain holds general election -- Al Jazeera
Spain’s elections this weekend let more disgruntled Europeans vote against the status quo -- Quartz

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