Supporters of the Socialist Workers’ Party (PSOE) wait for the announcement of the results in Spain’s general election in Madrid, Spain, April 28, 2019. REUTERS/Sergio Perez
MADRID (Reuters) – The leftist political bloc in Spain held the advantage over its rightist rivals in Sunday’s national election, according to a tally of results from the interior ministry with 95 percent of votes counted.
The Socialists of outgoing Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez led with 123 seats in the 350-seat parliament with the far-left Unidas Podemos on 42, leaving the two parties combined 11 seats short of a majority.
The right-wing mainstream conservative PP party was pegged at just 65 seats, with center-right Ciudadanos on 57 and far-right Vox on 24.
Reporting by Madrid bureau; writing by John Stonestreet, editing by Ingrid Melander