So­cial­ists win elec­tion but far-right gains strongly

The News-Times - - NATION/WORLD -

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.

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