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The Latest: Young Spanish voters supporting Podemos party

The Latest: Young voters in Spain supporting Podemos party in general election

The Latest: Young Spanish voters supporting Podemos party

MADRID (AP) -- The latest developments on Spain's general election. All times local.

5:35 p.m.

Some of the voters choosing to support the new far-left Podemos party in Spain's general election are young and disillusioned with the country's two mainstream parties.

Miguel Redondo, a 19-year-old Madrid university student, voted for Podemos because "it's the party that best understands the difficulties that young people are going through."

Redondo, who is majoring in electrical engineering, said two of his close relatives had traveled overseas to find work.

"I saw how Podemos was born as a party and share many of the concerns on which it was founded," he said.

Podemos and the business-friendly Ciudadanos party gained strength by portraying the Popular and Socialist parties as out-of-touch and run by politicians who care more about their own power than citizens' needs.

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5:20 p.m.

The leader of Spain's new far-left Podemos party has hailed Sunday as an "historic" election day as he cast his ballot in a working class neighborhood of Madrid.

The pony-tailed Pablo Iglesias says Spain "is going through a new transition" as his party and another new upstart political party seek to take votes away from the nation's traditional Popular Party and Socialist Party, which have dominated Spanish politics for more than three decades.

His party and the business-friendly Ciudadanos party gained strength by portraying the Popular and Socialist parties as out-of-touch and run by politicians who care more about their own power than citizens' needs.

Iglesias said Sunday: "After tonight, I am sure the history of our country will change."


Updated : 2020-12-02 07:30 GMT+08:00