Weary Spanish voters prepare for fourth election in four years

Evarado Alatorre
Noviembre 10, 2019

All predictions suggested that the Right-of-centre bloc comprising the PP, Vox and liberal Ciudadanos would fall short of a majority - as would the sum of the Socialist party, Podemos and other Left-wing forces.

Polling suggests that almost a third of voters are unsure who they will vote for, which is set to result in a stalemate with no party or bloc gaining a majority in the 350-member parliament.

One of the major focuses of Sunday's election is the northeastern region of Catalonia.

Unrest in Catalonia, which erupted last month after a group of separatist leaders were handed lengthy prison sentences for their role in a failed independence bid, has dominated the runup to the election.

Supporters of independence protested.

The governing Socialist Workers' Party hopes to solve the situation through dialogue.

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Meanwhile, polls show Vox is on track to nearly double its seats in Parliament, leapfrogging Podemos and Ciudadanos to become Spain's third largest party after taking a hardline stance against separatism.

Speaking at a rally in Barcelona, acting Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said a vote for his Socialist Worker's Party (PSOE) was the only way to end the political paralysis, while putting the brakes on far-right party Vox.

This is Spain's 4th parliamentary election in four years. "We think that combining the courage of United We Can and the experience of the Socialist party we can convert our country into a reference point for social policies", Iglesias said Sunday.

The far-right Vox was seen as the biggest gainer, with GAD3 forecasting it to more than double its representation from the 24 seats with which it debuted in parliament in April.

Voting stations opened at 9 a.m. (0800 GMT) and are set to close at 8 p.m. (1900 GMT), with results expected within hours.

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