Socialists win election but far-right gains strongly
Spain’s governing Socialists won the country’s national election Sunday but will need the backing of smaller parties to stay in power, while a far-right party rode a groundswell of support to enter the lower house of parliament for the first time in four decades, provisional results showed.
Voters in Spain had become disillusioned as the country struggled with a recession, austerity cuts, corruption scandals, the divisive Catalan independence demands and a rise in far-right Spanish nationalism. As a result, after having only two main political parties for decades, Spain’s political landscape has fragmented into five leading parties.
With more than 90 percent of ballots counted, the Socialists led by Prime Minister Pedro Snchez won nearly 29 percent of the vote, capturing 122 seats in the 350seat Congress of Deputies. The new farright Vox party made its national breakthrough by capturing about 10 percent of the vote, which would give it 24 seats.