Spanish elections: Socialists lead amid right-wing surge


The governing Socialist Party in Spain looks set to win the most seats in the general election, but fall short of a majority as the first results come in. With more than two thirds of the votes counted, the opposition conservative Popular Party follows in second place, and the far-right Vox party appears to have heavily increased its vote share.

Right-wing parties have the most votes combined, though no majority. Spain has not had a stable government since 2015.  This was the country’s fourth election in as many years. Voter turnout at 18:00 local time (17:00 GMT) was 56.8%, almost four points lower than the last general elections in April. Spanish politics has become increasingly fragmented in recent years with the emergence of new parties.(BBC)…[+]