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Spanish voters hope for stability after Brexit

Saturday, June 25, 2016 - 01:37

Candidates for Spain's general election take it easy the day before a vote which occurs under the shadow of Britain's exit from Europe and which isn't widely expected to break Spain's political deadlock. Mana Rabiee reports.

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There's no campaigning the day before Spain's general election, so candidates take it easy. Pedro Sanchez seemed relaxed at his home - but polls show his Socialist Party has been nudged into third place by an emerging leftist party encroaching on his political space. For Acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, it's a power walk. His center-right People's Party is expected to remain the biggest in Sunday's voting but no single party is expected to win a majority in parliament. An inconclusive ballot in December failed to form a new government. Sunday's voting is meant to break the political deadlock but Spaniards are suddenly facing increased uncertainty after Britain's move to leave the E.U. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) JUAN CARLOS ALONSO, SPANISH VOTER, SAYING: "A good result would be that there's a change, an effective change, and a 'Yes' for change. But a change far from extreme positions, and far from populist actions and options, such as those that we have just seen in the United Kingdom." (man in park) New parties on the far left and far right are shifting Spain's political landscape. Like Albert Rivera's Ciudadanos party, opposed to Catalan separatism and increasingly a national force. Along with Pablo Iglesias's leftist Unidos Podemos -- which polls say could get second place -- they're breaking the supremacy of conservatives and socialists. Still, it's unclear if the deadlock will pass. In which case, a THIRD election would loom, further deepening fears for Spain's economic recovery.

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Spanish voters hope for stability after Brexit

Saturday, June 25, 2016 - 01:37