Spain Polls: Political parties prepare for coalition talks after split results
Dec 21, Barcelona: Spanish voters have helped two new movements win nearly a third of the seats in the Polls, causing an air of uncertainty as political parties now rush for coalition talks.
According to reports, the Anti-austerity party Podemos and liberal Ciudadanos made big gains as the conservative Popular Party (PP) lost its majority. "Spain is not going to be the same anymore and we are very happy," said Podemos leader Pablo Iglesias. The PP have 28.7% of the votes, the Socialists 22%, Podemos 20.6% and Ciudadanos 13.9%.While politicians prepare for negotiations, PP leader Mariano Rajoy said he would try to form a government, insisting: "This party is still the number one force in Spain."
However, socialist leader Pedro Sanchez said that his party was ready to start negotiations. "Spain wants a move to the left," he said.
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