Spain stays to the left

Mercury (Hobart) - - WORLD -

PRIME Min­is­ter Pe­dro Sanchez’s So­cial­ists have won Spain’s na­tional elec­tion but large gains by the up­start far­right Vox party ap­pear cer­tain to widen the po­lit­i­cal dead­lock in the Euro­pean Union’s fifth­largest econ­omy.

After a fourth na­tional bal­lot in as many years, the left­wing So­cial­ists held on as the lead­ing power. With 99.9 per cent of the votes counted, the So­cial­ists cap­tured 120 seats, down three from the last elec­tion in April and still far from the ma­jor­ity of 176 needed to form a gov­ern­ment alone.

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