Spectre of far-right hangs over close-run polls

Spectre of far-right hangs over close-run polls

Spain is preparing for a general election that is expected to be closely contested and marked by ideological differences. Many voters are frustrated with having to vote during the summer holidays. The election is expected to be decided by a small margin, with the final result likely to be determined by fewer than a million votes and less than 10 seats in parliament.

Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez called for the early election after his party suffered losses in local elections. However, many voters are angry about being called to vote during the hot summer months. Despite this, the postal service has reported a record number of postal votes, as people choose to cast their ballots from vacation spots rather than their hometowns.

Opinion polls indicate that the center-right People’s Party is likely to win the election. However, in order to form a government, they would need to partner with the far-right Vox party. This would be the first time a far-right party has entered government since the end of Franco’s dictatorship in the 1970s.

There is still a possibility of a hung parliament, with the status quo scenario being a real possibility. The outcome of the election is uncertain, with polling and voter turnout playing a significant role. The current government, led by the Socialist Party, has passed progressive laws on various issues, including euthanasia, transgender rights, abortion, and animal rights. They have warned that these rights could be rolled back if Vox becomes part of the next government.

Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez has faced numerous challenges during his term, including managing the COVID pandemic and dealing with the fallout from the failed independence bid in Catalonia. The leader of the People’s Party, Alberto Nunez Feijoo, has positioned himself as a stable and safe choice for voters, emphasizing his reputation for dullness.

The formation of a new government will depend on complex negotiations that could take weeks or months. This uncertainty could impact Madrid’s effectiveness as the current host of the European Union presidency and its handling of EU COVID recovery funds.

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