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Spain's conservatives win general election, vote rises from December

Pedro Armestre, AFP|People wait for election's results at the headquarters of the Spanish Socialist Party (PSOE) during Spain's general election, in Madrid, on Juny 26, 2016.

Support for Spain’s conservative party rose in Sunday’s general election, preliminary data with more than 90 percent of the votes counted showed. The socialist party came in second, contradicting several exit polls.

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The People’s Party (PP) of acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy would obtain 136 seats, up from 123 in a previous parliamentary election in December, while the socialist party (PSOE) would garner 86 seats, down from 90.

Meanwhile, two newcomer parties, anti-austerity Podemos and liberal Ciudadanos would fall from six months ago.

Unidos Podemos (“Together We Can”), a coalition of several leftist parties led by Podemos would hold steady at 71 seats, and Ciudadanos would obtain 32, down from 40.

Those projections, based on 90 percent of the vote counted and which could still vary from the final results, suggest two closely-watched exit polls which predicted a sharp rise of Podemos and a fall of mainstream parties may have been wrong.

(FRANCE 24 with Reuters)

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