New York - Exit polls showed that Popular Party (PP), the party of outgoing Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy, won Spain’s general election on Sunday night.
New York – Exit polls showed that Popular Party (PP), the party of outgoing Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy, won Spain’s general election on Sunday night.
However, preliminary results revealed that the PP failed to obtain an absolute majority win and will have to form a coalition in order to govern the country for four more years.
With over 92 percent of the votes counted, Prime Minister Rajoy’s PP managed to secure the first spot in the elections. However, today’s score is the PP’s worst result ever in a general election, according to Spanish media.
The PP secured the victory with less than 30 percent (29%) of the votes, which will make it challenging for Rajoy to govern, as the Parliament will be more fragmented than ever.
The opposition Socialist Party (PSOE) came in second with 91 seats (22 percent of votes), while the anti-austerity party Podemos secured 69 seats (20 percent) and liberal party Ciudadanos won 40 seats (13 percent).
Out of the 350 elected seats in the lower house of Parliament, the PP went from having 186 seats in 2011 to only 122 seats in this general election.
The PSOE will have 91 seats, Podemos will fill 69 seats and Ciudadanos will be set with 40, according to preliminary results provided by Reuters.
Spanish politics have suffered serious challenges over the past four years with the nation’s economic crisis, corruption and a separatist drive in Catalonia.
“This result confirms Spain has entered an era of political fragmentation,” Teneo Intelligence analysts Antonio Barroso said according to ABC.
“It’s clear that parties will have to negotiate and forming a government could be pretty complicated,” he added.
Considering the results of Sunday’s elections, at least three parties will have to join on either side to form a coalition in order to govern with the absolute majority of 176 seats.
The PP could allegedly need more than just Ciudadanos’ 40 seats to join their 122, as both parties together did not garner enough votes.