SPAIN’S political leaders have been casting their votes in Sunday’s general election.
Early polls suggest turnout is down from last December’s general election, which failed to produce an overall winner.
Podemos leader Pablo Iglesias, whose party’s Unidos Podemos coalition is expected to come second behind the PP, has opened the door to a pact with the PSOE when speaking at his Madrid polling station.
Iglesias said: “A change in the party system in Spain is being consolidated and we will once again reach out to the Socialist Party.”
PP leader Mariano Rajoy called on Spaniards to cast their ballot and ‘give Spain the future it deserves’.
An early exit poll in La Linea showed strong support for both the PP and Podemos Unidos, with around 40% of voters opting for both parties.
“We need a change around here,” said Francisca Domingo, a 42-year-old Unidos Podemos supporter.
“Spain needs a total change and I think Podemos are the only party that can bring that,” said Jose Miguel Gonzalez Lopez, 54.
But voters also voiced strong backing for the PP, with support for the PSOE and Ciudadanos hovering at around 10% among Spaniards exiting the Andalucian town’s polling station.
“I have more confidence in the PP to solve Spain’s problems than any other party,” said one voter leaving the polling station.