April 28, 2019 / 9:18 PM / 3 months ago

Leftist bloc holds advantage in Spain's election with 95 percent of votes counted

A supporter of the Socialist Workers' Party (PSOE) waves a flag while celebrating the result in Spain's general election in Madrid, Spain, April 28, 2019. REUTERS/Sergio Perez

MADRID (Reuters) - The leftist political bloc in Spain held the advantage over its rightist rivals in Sunday’s national election, according to a tally of results from the interior ministry with 95 percent of votes counted.

The Socialists of outgoing Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez led with 123 seats in the 350-seat parliament with the far-left Unidas Podemos on 42, leaving the two parties combined 11 seats short of a majority.

The right-wing mainstream conservative PP party was pegged at just 65 seats, with centre-right Ciudadanos on 57 and far-right Vox on 24.

Reporting by Madrid bureau; writing by John Stonestreet, editing by Ingrid Melander

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