Spanish conservatives win but lose their majority

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http://www.theguardian.com/world/201...olute-majority

So in a big mess of an election, the ruling right wing People's Party, have won overall, but fall well short of a majority with 123 seats and 29% of the vote. The Socialists (centre left) came second with 90 seats and 22% of the votes and the left wing Podemos (left wing) party came third with 69 seats and 20% of the vote.
The anti-establishment Ciudadanos ( Centre-right anti establishment) won 40 seats.

With 176 seats needed for a majority it leaves the prospect of a messy coalition.

Quite astonishing to see Podemos, a left wing, anti-austerity party that was only formed two years ago win 20% of the vote.

It may well end up being a similar situation to Portgual where the leading right wing party is the opposition to a left coalition,
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I think a coalition between PP and Socialists is the most likely outcome
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I think a coalition between PP and Socialists is the most likely outcome
I really doubt it. There has been a huge anti-establishment sentiment in Spain, which has resulted in a new party Podemos receiving 20% of the vote and Ciudadanos getting 14%

The top two parties who normally get 80% of the vote between them now have just over 50%. If they joined and formed a grand coalition, it would be disaster for both parties, who would give the other two anti-establishment parties ridiculous amounts of ammo.

I think there could be a broad left coalition with the Socialists, Podemos and some smaller left parties. Although given that it is such a hung Parliament, it wouldn't surprise me to see another election called.
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I really doubt it. There has been a huge anti-establishment sentiment in Spain, which has resulted in a new party Podemos receiving 20% of the vote and Ciudadanos getting 14%

The top two parties who normally get 80% of the vote between them now have just over 50%. If they joined and formed a grand coalition, it would be disaster for both parties, who would give the other two anti-establishment parties ridiculous amounts of ammo.

I think there could be a broad left coalition with the Socialists, Podemos and some smaller left parties. Although given that it is such a hung Parliament, it wouldn't surprise me to see another election called.
Senate is controlled by PP, so a coalition between lefties would be useless
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Senate is controlled by PP, so a coalition between lefties would be useless
Indeed it is.
Yet the PP won't be able to form a majority in the lower house.
It will be interesting to see what happens, the PP will have 48 hours to try and form a coalition, should they fail to do so, the Socialists will then have an opportunity.
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