26 Jun, 2016 @ 09:20
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Millions of Spaniards head to the polls with no party likely to win an overall majority once more

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A girl is seen behind election campaign posters of Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy (L), Socialist party (PSOE) leader Pedro Sanchez (2nd L) and Ciudadanos party leader Albert Rivera (R, below), three of the four leading candidates for Spain's national election, in a park in Guadalajara, Spain, December 15, 2015. REUTERS/Susana Vera - RTX1YUHA

SPAIN is heading to the polls once more as the country faces its second general election in six months.

But with deadlock likely once more, a third general election is a possibility in the first general election since Britain voted to leave the EU.

ELECTION FEVER: Posters for PSOE, Ciudadanos and PP
ELECTION FEVER: Posters for PSOE, Ciudadanos and PP

The most recent polls suggest the PP will once more win the most votes – between 6.7 million and 7.3 million – but will fall far short of the 176 seats needed for an overall majority.

The Podemos-IU pact – Unidos Podemos – is predicted to beat Spain’s traditional left-wing party the PSOE into second place by winning between 5.5 million and 6.2 million votes,

Pedro Sanchez’s Socialists could win between 4.7 million and 5.4 million votes, polls suggest.

The centre-right Catalan party, Ciudadanos, are predicted to lose votes following their good showing in December and polls show they may win from 3 million to 3.7 million votes.

Despite months of protracted negotiations, the parties were unable to form a government following last year’s election.

 

Joe Duggan (Reporter)

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