Spain votes in close election


Spaniards voted on Sunday in a parliamentary election in which newcomer parties are expected to make big gains against the once-dominant conservatives and Socialists, ushering in a new and potentially volatile era of compromise politics.

Opinion polls show the ruling conservative People\’s Party (PP) of Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy will win the vote but fall well short of an absolute majority.
The Socialists are expected to come second with anti-austerity party Podemos and a second major newcomer, liberal Ciudadanos, vying for the third place which would make them kingmakers in post-election talks.
About one in three of the 36.5 million eligible voters are still undecided.
Voting began at 9am (08:00 GMT) on Sunday and will continue until 8pm (19:00 GMT), with partial official results expected some two hours later.
SOURCE: TOE and agencies
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