May 26, 2019 / 9:32 PM / 25 days ago

Spain's Socialists win EU and local election

Spain's acting Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez prepares to cast his vote in the European Parliament Election, as well as Spain's local and regional ones, in Pozuelo de Alarcon, outside Madrid, Spain, May 26, 2019. REUTERS/Susana Vera

MADRID (Reuters) - Spain’s Socialists won EU elections on Sunday and were also on track to win local elections, in a boost to acting prime minister Pedro Sanchez, who already won a national election last month.

The Socialists won 20 seats in the European Parliament, the conservative People’s Party (PP) 12, center-right Ciudadanos seven and far-right Vox three, official results with over 98% of the votes counted showed.

In the municipal elections, Sanchez’ Socialists obtained 30.3% of the votes, with PP second with 21.9%, according to preliminary results with almost three quarters of the votes accounted for.

Reporting by Ingrid Melander; Editing by Belen Carreno

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