Spain: Socialists appear to have finished in first place, but no hope of a majority

The Socialists of Spain’s acting Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez appear to have finished first in Sunday’s national elections, but are even further away now from a majority in a more fragmented parliament with the far-right VOX party making significant gains. 

An opinion poll by GAD3 for public broadcaster RTVE published shortly after mainland voting ended at 8 p.m. (1900 GMT) showed no clear advantage for either the leftist or the rightist bloc, pointing to a stalemate that could yet again fail to produce a working government. 

The poll was based on the voting intentions of around 14,000 people collated in the days leading up to the election - Spain’s second national ballot this year and fourth in four years. 

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