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Spain's Socialists lead with 28.8 percent ahead of April 28 election - poll

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Spain's Socialists lead with 28.8 percent ahead of April 28 election - poll
A worker places an electoral poster of Spain's Socialist leader and current Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez in La Fresneda, Spain April 12, 2019. REUTERS/Eloy Alonso   -   Copyright  ELOY ALONSO(Reuters)
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MADRID (Reuters) – Spain’s Socialists led in a poll published on Saturday in newspaper El Pais with 28.8 percent of votes, equivalent to 129 seats in the 350-seat parliament, but fell short of a majority with its main ally ahead of a general election on April 28.

A coalition of three right-wing parties – People’s Party (PP), Ciudadanos and far-right Vox – would get 44.4 percent of votes, equivalent to 156 seats, but this would also be short of the 176 seats needed to secure a parliamentary majority, according to the poll conducted by 40dB.

Socialist Pedro Sanchez could be reelected as prime minister if he manages to form another parliamentary majority with the support of the array of parties, including far-left Podemos and Catalan pro-independence parties, that backed him last June when he won a vote of confidence against PP’s government at the time.

(Reporting by Joan Faus; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)

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