SPAIN’S main left-wing parties are close to seizing a combined parliamentary majority, three recent opinion polls show.
With just days until the country goes to the polls again, Unidos Podemos – an alliance between Podemos and the communist IU – and the PSOE appear close to winning 176 seats, which would bring them an absolute majority.
Unidos Podemos are on course to win between 24.6% and 26% of total votes, giving them from 84 to 95 seats, according to the polls from Metroscopia, Sigma Dos and GAD3.
Meanwhile, Pedro Sanchez’s PSOE could win between 78 and 85 seats (down from December’s total of 90).
The PP are on course to win the most votes once more, with Mariano Rajoy’s party projected to take between 113 and 129 seats.
An alliance between Unidos Podemos and the PSOE may still need backing from smaller parties in order to push it over the 176 mark.
But major stumbling blocks, such as Podemos leader Pablo Iglesias’s insistence on a referendum on Catalan independence, still stand in the way of a coalition with the PSOE.