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Weary Spanish voters prepare fourth election in four Decades

Last updated on November 9, 2019

Spain’s political leaders have left a last-ditch appeal to undecided voters before a snap election Sunday that seems improbable to solve the nation’s entrenched parliamentary gridlock.

Polling indicates that almost a third of Republicans are uncertain they will vote for, that can be set to lead to a stalemate with no party or bloc gaining a majority in the 350-member parliament.

Unrest at Catalonia, that surfaced last month after a bunch of separatist leaders had been given extended prison sentences for his role in a failed independence bid, has dominated the runup to the election.

This has possibly provided an increase to right-wing parties that take a harder line against separatism and weighed the prevalence of Sanchez.

The growth of new parties like Vox, center-right Ciudadanos and left-wing Podemos in the past few years has fragmented the vote and mad that the traditional dominance of the Socialists and the conservative People’s Party (PP), causing a series of inconclusive elections.

Sanchez’s Socialists are on course to acquire the maximum seats on Sunday but fall short of their 123 earned in April, based on surveys, meaning that they might need to search for allies to form a government.

In a rally in Madrid, PP leader Pablo Casado highlighted his admiration for Ciudadanos and Vox, but called upon former PP voters that have changed their allegiance to come back to prevent splitting the conservative vote.

Blaming the present paralysis as well as the violence in Catalonia on Sanchez, he indicated the future of the Spanish country was at stake.

“We want your support on Sunday to kick Sanchez outside, come back to economic advancement and also safeguard national unity,” he explained.

At his final rally, Vox leader Santiago Abascal vowed to suspend Catalonia’s regional liberty and prohibit separatist political parties when chosen.

“We confront a real national emergency in Catalonia,” he explained, “Since now a supporter of a coup d’etat (against Spain) is responsible for the government.”