Spanish election: Far-right Vox Party surges in early polls ahead of general election – News 247

Spanish election: Far-right Vox Party surges in early polls ahead of general election  – News 247

 Support for the party has remained steady after it became the first populist grouping since Spain returned to democracy following the collapse of the Franco dictatorship in 1975 A poll released yesterday found Spain’s social-democratic Socialist Workers’ Party (PSOE) had been set to win next week’s election before the likelihood of the Vox Party doubling its representation also emerged as a possibility The poll from Spanish publication El Pais states PSOE would win 121 seats. This is down from the earlier predicted 123  Vox is set to make gains of 46 seats, which is up 24 after last April’s election in 2018  But more than 25 percent of Spaniards are yet to indicate who they would vote for  An Ipsos survey revealed there are 26.6 percent undecided in the major ballot, and about 30 percent not voting at all  Up to 37 percent of those who voted last year for the Ciudadnos Party said they will not do it again  Vox has cast the lowest level of doubts in voters, with just 14 percent stating they are not sure if they will vote for them  Up to 24 percent say they would not vote for PSOE. In September, Spain plunged into further political chaos after coalition talks between Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez and the left-wing Podemos party broke down   Mr Sanchez, 47, and his Socialist Workers’ Party had won a snap election in April, but fell short of an absolute majority  He has been caretaker Prime Minister and has so far failed to reach an agreement with Podemos leader Pablo Iglesias, ahead of the looming September 23 deadline to form a new Government  Spain, which is the fifth largest economy in the Eurozone, now faces its second election in five months – and fourth since 2015  The ongoing political stand-off has prompted the King of Spain, King Felipe VI, to order a meeting with the leaders of the country’s political parties to determine if there is a viable candidate   The royal house announced talks between the monarch and politicians will be on September 16 and 17  If the King believes that no candidate can command a majority in the 350-member lower chamber needed to form a Government, he will proceed to call voters to the polls in November  On Thursday, Mr Sanchez rejected the latest proposal by the left-wing Podemos for a coalition Government on a one-year trial period, a Socialist party source said  In July, in a bid to break the stalemate, Mr Sanchez offered Podemos four Cabinet positions in the Government – but this was rejected by Mr Iglesias  Mr Sanchez said: “There are many ways to reach an understanding, if you have proposals we will listen  “Let the progressive legislature in which the Spaniards voted start working.” Mr Iglesias has also reiterated his preference to finding a deal  He said: “I again extend my hand to you.  “You have made us an offer and we made a counteroffer  “I suggest that based on these two offers we sit down to negotiate.” The deadline to find an agreement was triggered two months ago, when Mr Sanchez lost a vote of confidence in the Spanish parliament to form a Government  Mr Sanchez received backing from the chamber’s 123 Socialist members and one politician from a marginal regional party Trending  However in a damning result, 155 opponents voted “no” and there was also 67 abstentions  The new ballot will take place on November 10. Additional reporting by Maria Ortega

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