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Spain vote leaves hung parliament

By Anthony Faiola and Beatriz Ríos

24 Jul 2023 · 7 min read

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  1. The Spanish elections resulted in a political deadlock, with neither conservatives nor liberals achieving a decisive victory. The left, led by the Socialists and Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez, performed better than expected, while the center-right Popular Party (PP) slightly underperformed.

MADRID - Polarized Spanish voters handed neither conservatives nor liberals a decisive victory in Sunday's highly charged elections, setting up a political impasse that could take weeks or months to untangle.

Conservatives had hoped for a comeback in a progressive bastion of Europe with some of the world's most liberal laws on abortion and transgender rights. But the left led by the Socialists of photogenic Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez - who had called early elections in a risky gambit - overperformed, posting better numbers than projected. Late Sunday, a jubilant, defiant Sánchez addressed supporters in Madrid, who chanted anti-fascist slogans.

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