Spain is heading towards a political deadlock as no party won enough parliamentary seats to form a government in Sunday's national elections. Prospects for forming a coalition are uncertain.
The conservative People's Party won the election. But it fell short of its lofty goal of forcing Socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez out of office.
Sanchez's party finished second in the elections. Still, the Socialists and their allies won more seats than the Popular Party and the far right. Sanchez's supporters won 172 seats, while Feijoo's right-wing bloc won 170. The Socialists celebrated this as a victory.
A party or coalition needs a working majority of 176 seats in the 350-seat parliament to become the ruling party.
A political analyst said the People's Party, unable to form a government, would be forced to ally with the far right.
According to the analyst, the close numbers will likely lead to weeks of bickering and uncertainty over the country's future leadership. The next prime minister will only be voted on when MPs are appointed to the new Congress of Deputies.
Source: The Times of Israel