AN election pact between left wing parties Podemos and the IU has catapulted them ahead of the Socialist PSOE in opinion polls.
The Unidos Podemos coalition stands to get 25.6% of the vote in this month’s general election, according to the Metroscopia poll.
It puts them well ahead of Pedro Sanchez’s PSOE socialist party on 20.2%, while the PP are only narrowly ahead on 28.5%.
With Pablo Iglesias and Alberto Garzon’s parties pushing the PSOE aside, Spain’s traditional centre-left party now faces its sternest test since Spain returned to democracy in 1977.
Ciudadanos’ share of the vote is up 16.6%, from the 13.9% in December’s election.
But with no party commanding an overall majority for the June 26 poll, Spain again faces the nightmare scenario of its politicians trying to thrash out a coalition government.