Spain election polls: The FIVE candidates facing off – who will win Spanish election?

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SPANIARDS will take to the polls and cast their votes on Sunday for the second time since April. Who will win the Spanish election?

Pedro Sánchez – Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party

Pablo Casado – Popular Party (conservative)

Albert Rivera – Ciudadanos (centre-right)

Pablo Iglesias – Podemos (left-wing)

Santiago Abascal – Vox (far-right)

Spain will hold its second general election since April on Sunday – the fourth in four years. Acting Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez announced the vote in September after his Socialist party failed to secure enough parliamentary support to form a government.

Who will win the Spanish election?

Polls suggest neither the left nor the right bloc will win enough seats for a majority, although Mr Sanches’ PSOE is ahead in the polls.

PSOE is tipped to be the largest party in the 350-seat chamber, but will be followed by the conservative People’s Party (PP).

The PP is predicted to improve its position from the last vote in April when it suffered its worst result in history.

Ciudadanos, the third party in the last election, looks likely to be the big loser.

But the centre to centre-right party isn’t the only facing struggles.

Unidas Podemos is expected to dip too, possibly losing a third of the 42 seats it won at the last election.

The big winner of the Sunday’s election could be far-right Vox, which is expected to surge ahead to become the third biggest party in congress.

The five candidates and what they represent

Pedro Sánchez – Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party

Mr Sanchez has the advantage as caretaker prime minister, even though he has failed to win a parliamentary majority.

He rose to the position when the PP lost a no-confidence vote in June 2018.

Mr Sanchez has implemented as series of measures during his tenure, including raising the minimum wage and appointing a female-dominated cabinet.

He has also sought to lower tensions with Catalonia although he is opposed another independence referendum.

The caretaker prime minister said: “We are going to add a new felony to the criminal code that forbids, once and for all, the celebration of illegal referendums in Catalonia.”

Mr Sanchez has previously recognised Catalonia and the Basque Country to be nations within Spain, not just regions.

Pablo Casado – Popular Party (conservative)

Ms Casado wants to lower income and corporation taxes for Spaniards in an effort to boost productivity.

He has also called for revisions in the EU’s freedom of movement and border policies.

The PP leader has consistently taken a hardline stance on Catalonian separatists.

Mr Casado has previously labelled Mr Sanchez “the biggest villain in Spain’s democratic history” for holding talks with Catalan president Quim Torra.

Albert Rivera – Ciudadanos (centre-right)

Mr Rivera launched the Ciudadanos party in 2006 handing out campaign posters in which he appeared naked.

The party is committed to free-market economics although it is now pitching for the centre ground.

The party rose to prominence in Catalonia with a campaign against independence.

Pablo Iglesias – Podemos (left-wing)

Mr Iglesias’ party focus on investing in public services such as education and health and protecting social rights.

He has said he would work with Mr Sanchez to form a government that would focus on progressive policies if no single party secured a majority.

Mr Iglesias was a member of Spain’s Communist Youth Union and was part of the anti-globalisation movement in the 1990s.

Santiago Abascal – Vox (far-right)

Mr Abascal is a former member of the PP but now serves as the leader of far-right party Vox.

His party saw its support surge in April’s general election – winning 24 seats in parliament with more than 10 percent of the vote.

Mr Abascal rejects the far-right label, but the party’s views on immigration and Islam is in line with far-right and populist parties elsewhere in Europe.

The party has a plan to deport migrants legally entitled to be in Spain if they have committed an offence, and wants to prevent any migrant who comes in illegally from staying.

Vox also wants to repeal laws against gender violence, and opposes abortion and same-sex marriage.

Who will win the Spanish election?

The five candidates and what they represent

Pedro Sánchez – Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party

Pablo Casado – Popular Party (conservative)

Albert Rivera – Ciudadanos (centre-right)

Pablo Iglesias – Podemos (left-wing)

Santiago Abascal – Vox (far-right)

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