Spain’s far right doubles seats in hung parliament, difficult talks ahead

People pick up ballots as they prepare to vote during general election in Madrid, Spain, November 10, 2019. REUTERS/Jon Nazca

Spain’s far-right Vox party more than doubled its number of lawmakers in the country’s fourth national election in four years, which delivered a deeply fragmented parliament, setting the stage for very difficult government negotiations.

The Socialists of acting Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, who had gambled that a repeat parliamentary election would strengthen his hand, finished first but with fewer seats than in the previous ballot in April and further away from a majority, the near-final official results showed.

“One way or another we’ll form a progressive government and unblock the political stalemate … We call upon all the political parties, except for those that work against coexistence and foster hatred,” Sanchez said. 

The figures pointed to a legislative stalemate with neither the left nor right having a majority.