Spain's Socialists win election but fail to gain support for government

Spain's Socialists win election but fail to gain support for governmentSpain's Socialists win election but fail to gain support for government

Spain's Socialists win election but fail to gain support for government as far-right Vox party doubles seats Spain's Socialists win election but fail to gain support for government as far-right Vox party doubles seats Spain's Socialists have won the country's fourth general election in as many years, with 99% of the votes counted. The election was called by interim Socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, who won the most votes in the last ballot in April but failed to gain enough parliamentary support to form a government. On Sunday, the party won 120 seats, down three since the last election and a long way from the 176 required to govern alone. But the big winner of the day was the right-wing Vox, which is led by 43-year-old Santiago Abascal and only entered parliament for the first time earlier this year. Vox increased its numbers of seats from 24 to 52 on an electoral platform that included being tougher on Catalan separatists and migrants. The achievement, described by Mr Abascal as "the greatest political feat seen in Spain", makes it the third-largest party in the Congress of Deputies. Mr Abascal added: "Just 11 months ago, we weren't even in any regional legislature in Spain. Today we are the third-largest party in Spain and the party that has grown the most in votes and seats." The mainstream conservative Popular Party won 87 seats, up from April's historic low of 66 but the centre-right Citizens Party won just 10 seats - well down on ...
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