Spain Holds Early Election after Failed Govt Talks

EU | June 26, 2016, Sunday // 11:03|  views

Spain's King Felipe (L) and Mariano Rajoy, the country's Prime Minister (2011-2015). File photo, EPA/BGNES

Spanish voters have headed to the polls for an early elections, after the last vote in December failed to produce a government.

The conservative Popular Party is expected to win the most votes for another time, but polls predict it will fall short of a majority.

PP leader Mariano Rajoy has called for stability and consolidation in view of the Brexit referendum earlier this week.

Some polls suggest left-wing, anti-austerity party Podemos, whose anti-establishment rhetoric turned it into the one of the big Spanish parties in just five years, would come second, overtaking on the socialist PSOE party of Pedro S?nchez.

Podemos has recently toned down its radical rhetoric to appeal to more moderate voters.

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Tags: Spain, early election, Podemos, PSOE, Popular Party, PP, Mariano Rajoy


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