Spain votes in ‘second round’ local, regional EU polls

26th May, 2019 10:35:36 printer

MADRID: Spain voted in local, regional and European elections on Sunday seen as a “second round” for acting Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez as he seeks to form a new government and gain influence in the EU, reports AFP.

The polls come a month after general elections on April 28 in which Sanchez’s Socialist Party (PSOE) came first but fell short of a majority in parliament.

He is hoping the party will perform well on Sunday so he can opt for his preferred plan of forming a minority government with the support of other parties on a case-by-case basis when passing laws.

But he will also be looking to the European Union, where Sanchez has emerged as the big hope for European social democrats, the second largest bloc in the European parliament.