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Jobs and a government por favor Spain goes to the polls

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By Christopher Cummins  with Agencies
Jobs and a government por favor Spain goes to the polls

Spain goes to the polls in an election expected to exacerbate European frustration with traditional mainstream politics.

December’s election failed to produce a functioning government and acting prime minister and leader of the Conservative People’s Party, Mariano Rajoy, fears a battering by the the new school of fringe politics.

The same goes for the Socialist Party and leader Pedro Sánchez, it is unclear if his party will go into a new style coalition with the anti-austerity Podemos movement led by Pablo Iglesias.

The Ciudadano Party, which occupies the centre with leader Albert Rivera are maintaining a strong presence in fourth place and could play a key coalition role .

As unemployment hits 20 percent further frustrating deadlock is unwelcome.

In Madrid the people want action: “I hope that, apart from the final result, they get an agreement soon, and don’t waste time playing the blame game,” said one voter.

Another mentioned the Brexit vote: “For me a good result would be that there’s a change, an effective change, and a ‘Yes’ for change. But a change far from extreme positions, and far from populist options, such as those that we have just seen in the United Kingdom, which have generated a lot of uncertainty. Change is necessary but sensible change.”

Polls suggest Sunday’s vote will not deliver a result to heal Spain’s political divisions or a government strong enough to tackle the country’s deep rooted problems.