Date
23 January 2017
Podemos supporters react as party leaders cheer the results of the Spanish general election. Photo: Reuters
Podemos supporters react as party leaders cheer the results of the Spanish general election. Photo: Reuters

Left-wing parties take the lead in Spain elections

Left-wing parties are close to winning an absolute majority of parliamentary seats in Spain’s general election Sunday, Reuters reported, citing preliminary results.

The ruling People’s Party (PP) put up a poor showing, spoiling Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s chances of winning a second term, it said.

Left-wing parties, including the Socialists and anti-austerity Podemos, are together garnering 175 seats, just one seat below the 176 needed for a majority.

Despite garnering the most votes, the center-right PP had its worst result ever in a general election as Spaniards hurt by a grinding recession and yet to feel an economic recovery turned away from the party in droves, the report said.

Podemos’ unexpected surge tipped the balance to the left of the political spectrum.

Hundreds of mostly young supporters for Podemos gathered in central Madrid in a party atmosphere, holding purple balloons, the color of the barely two-year-old party.

“The two-party system is over and we are entering a new era in our country,” said party deputy Inigo Errejon.

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