Spanish voters go to the polls this Sunday to vote in regional and municipal electionsThe results will serve as a barometer for the generals at the end of the year.
It is paid in 12 autonomous communities and 8,000 municipalities, andn mostly governed by the Socialist Party (PSOE). Polls predict an advance by the conservative Popular Party (PP), which, if repeated during the year, could oust the current left-wing coalition.
Voting began at 9:00 am (4:00 am in Argentina) and would close at 8:00 pm (3:00 pm). More than 35 million people can participate.
The campaign has been marked by several controversies.From small-town voter fraud allegations to a brutal kidnapping case.
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elections areMany areas were close, with some clear majorities, according to polls and experts. Except in the Community of Madrid, where the PP’s regional president, Isabel Díaz Ayuso, can be re-elected with an absolute majority.
Some polls point to Race RInida in the Valencian Community, which, with about 5 million inhabitants, sThis will be a big blow for PSOEs. According to elections, Aragon and the Balearic Islands may also choose the PP.
The election could also usher in a return to the two-party system. PSOE and PP dominance after a decade of greater participation by smaller parties such as the leftist Podemos, the government’s junior partner, and the centrist Ciudadanos.
ToBoth may struggle to reach even 5% of the vote for representation in many areas.
On the other hand, it is likely that the PP will have to rely on the far-right Vox to form a government in several regions, in a possible precedent for a possible right-wing coalition government after the general elections.