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PSOE could soar in November elections: Polls forecast up to 150 seats
30 October 2019 @ 11:52

POLLS are predicting a clear win for Pedro Sánchez's socialist (PSOE) party in the November 10 elections – although still short of a majority, meaning he would have to reach deals with Unidos Podemos at least to be able to govern.

Out of a total of 350 seats in Parliament, the likelihood of any one party gaining an outright majority has been virtually nil since before the 2015 elections, due to the increasing presence of independent outfits – until then, each election was more or less a straight contest between the 'Big Two', the left-wing PSOE and the right-wing PP.

Constant repeat elections – this will be the fourth in as many years – have occurred because of the party with the most seats falling far short of a majority and being unable to gain support from the opposition to govern, or unable or unwilling to compromise or negotiate with smaller outfits of similar values.

Given that the general view is that the latest repeat, of the April elections, could have been avoided by more flexibility on the part of the parties involved and, in particular, the PSOE as the most-voted, speculations were rife that forcing Spain to go to the polls yet again could see Sánchez's popularity plunge.



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