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Will Spain’s snap election usher in the far right – or can PM’s gamble pay off?

By Sam Jones

14 Jul 2023 · 4 min read

informed Summary

  1. Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez is betting on galvanising leftwing voters to prevent the far right from getting into government for the first time since Franco.

Why is Spain holding a snap general election this month?

Spain was due to go to the polls in November, four years after the last general election. But its socialist prime minister, Pedro Sánchez, surprised everyone in May by calling an early election for 23 July, after his party’s poor showing in local and regional polls. Faced with a resurgent opposition conservative People’s party (PP) that exceeded expectations in those elections – and which is firmly ahead in the opinion polls – Sánchez brought forward the election in the hope of mobilising leftwing voters and avoiding months of wear and tear to his coalition minority government.

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