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Spain election dominated by uncertainty, splintered right

In this Saturday, April 6, 2019 photo, supporters of Spain's far-right Vox Party wave Spanish and VOX flags during a party event in Leganes, on the ou...
In this Tuesday, April 16, 2019 photo a man deposits an empty wine bottle into a recycling container with an election poster showing the face of Socia...
In this Tuesday, April 23, 2019 photo, Spanish election runner Citizens party's Albert Rivera, right, and Prime Minister and Socialist Party candidate...
In this Tuesday, April 16, 2019 photo, the sun reflects on a banner of Popular Party's candidate Pablo Casado in Madrid, Spain. A substantial pool of ...
In this Tuesday, April 16, 2019 photo, Popular Party's candidate Pablo Casado, top and center, smiles while posing for snapshots with supporters after...
In this Saturday, April 6, 2019 photo, Spain's far-right Vox Party candidate Santiago Abascal smiles to supporters during a VOX event in Leganes, outs...
In this Tuesday April 23, 2019 photo, the torn remnants of election posters by Unidas/Podemos candidate for parliament Alberto Garzon and the right wi...
In this Saturday, April 6, 2019 photo, voters smoke a cigarette at the end of an event hosted by Spain's far-right Vox Party in Leganes, on the outski...
In this April 10, 2019 photo, Vox banners hang from a bar in Brazatortas, on the edge of the Alcudia valley, central Spain. A substantial pool of unde...
In this Monday, April 15, 2019 photo, Spanish retirees wait for the arrival of Prime Minister and Socialist Party candidate Pedro Sanchez at an electi...
In this Sunday, March 24, 2019 photo, activists paint an "estelada" or independence flag on a water tank near Barcelona, Spain. A substantial pool of ...
In this Wednesday, April 24, 2019 photo, Podemos party leader Pablo Iglesias, delivers a speech during an electoral meeting in Barcelona, Spain. A sub...
In this Wednesday, April 24, 2019 photo, a banner of Spanish election runner Citizens party's Albert Rivera is seen in the background in a subway stat...

In this Saturday, April 6, 2019 photo, supporters of Spain's far-right Vox Party wave Spanish and VOX flags during a party event in Leganes, on the ou...

In this Tuesday, April 16, 2019 photo a man deposits an empty wine bottle into a recycling container with an election poster showing the face of Socia...

In this Tuesday, April 23, 2019 photo, Spanish election runner Citizens party's Albert Rivera, right, and Prime Minister and Socialist Party candidate...

In this Tuesday, April 16, 2019 photo, the sun reflects on a banner of Popular Party's candidate Pablo Casado in Madrid, Spain. A substantial pool of ...

In this Tuesday, April 16, 2019 photo, Popular Party's candidate Pablo Casado, top and center, smiles while posing for snapshots with supporters after...

In this Saturday, April 6, 2019 photo, Spain's far-right Vox Party candidate Santiago Abascal smiles to supporters during a VOX event in Leganes, outs...

In this Tuesday April 23, 2019 photo, the torn remnants of election posters by Unidas/Podemos candidate for parliament Alberto Garzon and the right wi...

In this Saturday, April 6, 2019 photo, voters smoke a cigarette at the end of an event hosted by Spain's far-right Vox Party in Leganes, on the outski...

In this April 10, 2019 photo, Vox banners hang from a bar in Brazatortas, on the edge of the Alcudia valley, central Spain. A substantial pool of unde...

In this Monday, April 15, 2019 photo, Spanish retirees wait for the arrival of Prime Minister and Socialist Party candidate Pedro Sanchez at an electi...

In this Sunday, March 24, 2019 photo, activists paint an "estelada" or independence flag on a water tank near Barcelona, Spain. A substantial pool of ...

In this Wednesday, April 24, 2019 photo, Podemos party leader Pablo Iglesias, delivers a speech during an electoral meeting in Barcelona, Spain. A sub...

In this Wednesday, April 24, 2019 photo, a banner of Spanish election runner Citizens party's Albert Rivera is seen in the background in a subway stat...

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Spain is preparing to hold its third parliamentary election in less than four years. But even though the exercise is familiar, uncertainty surrounds the election's outcome.

Polls indicate a substantial share of voters, about one-third, hadn't decided by the final week of campaigning how they would mark their ballots on Sunday.

Socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez is hoping for a strong mandate to stay in the office he assumed 11 months ago when a no-confidence vote ousted his conservative predecessor.

A rising populist party also confounds confident predictions at the other end of the ideological spectrum. The Vox party is expected to give the lower chamber of the Spanish parliament its first lawmakers from the far right since the 1980s.

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Aritz Parra contributed to this report from Madrid.


Updated : 2021-10-22 23:16 GMT+08:00