Voting Begins For General Elections 2023 In Spain

By Pooja Bhardwaj July 24, 2023 1:05 AM IST

General Elections In Spain: Voting for the general election has begun in Spain on Sunday (July 23). Most polls predict that the conservative Popular Party (PP) of Alberto Núñez Feijoa will win the election. Residents of Spain went to the polls on Sunday to decide whether Socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez would be handed the reins of power again.

Spain’s postal service said on Saturday that 2.47 million of Spain’s 37.5 million registered voters had voted despite being on holiday. The Postal Service said that the polling stations open at 9:00 am and close at 8:00 pm. He told that the results of the vote are expected after a few hours.

Let us tell you that this last week of election campaign was not good for the PP leader. The PP leader faltered on the pension issue and has been dogged by troubling questions about his links with a convicted drug dealer in the 1990s. In spite of all this, if PP wins then it will be surprising.

Feiju hopes to win

Pedro Reira Sagrera, a political scientist at Madrid’s Carlos III University, said: “Feijú hopes his party will reach the figure of 176 representatives in the 350-seat parliament, which would allow him to govern on his own, but polls show he will likely fail and will have to deal with sole partner Vox.”

In an interview published on Friday (July 21) in the daily newspaper El Mundo, Feijoo kept secret his plans regarding Vox, saying that a candidate should not say with whom he will align two days before the election.

“A coalition government with Vox is not ideal,” he said, and has used the prospect of a national PP-Vox government to try to unite left-wing and moderate voters. Feijoo warned during a TV debate on Wednesday (July 19) that such a government would not only be a step backward for Spain in terms of rights, but also a serious blow to the European project.

Sumar has this year joined the far-left party Podemos, a new formation led by his highly popular labor minister, Yolanda Díaz, a communist, while the Socialists and Podemos continue to clash.

Political scientist Pedro Rira said the leftist coalition’s chances of staying in power were slim and there was little hope that no party would win an absolute majority, which could mean a re-election in a few months.

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