Caretaker Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez of the Socialist Party has urged citizens to go to the polls and vote in order to “strengthen democracy”
Around 37 million citizens are being asked to elect 350 members of Congress and 208 senators in an election that surveys show is likely to yield a fractured parliament.
“Let us strengthen democracy through our votes,” said Pedro Sánchez, the caretaker prime minister, as he cast his vote on Sunday morning.
“We will reach out to the Socialist Party (PSOE). Any reproaches are a thing of the past,” said Pablo Iglesias, head of the anti-austerity Unidas Podemos, who unsuccessfully attempted to craft a governing coalition with Sánchez after the previous general election of April 28.
Since 2017, Spanish politics have been defined by a lack of parliamentary majorities and an inability by politicians to reach governing deals. Surveys suggest that the outcome of today’s vote will be an even more fractured lower house, with less of a difference between the left-wing and right-wing blocs. The far right is also expected to make significant gains.