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Spanish Election Polls Close
   2015-12-21 07:40:42    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Guo Yan

At a children's school used as polling station people line up to cast their vote  in Barcelona, Spain on 20 December, 2015.  More than 36 million Spaniards are summoned to vote to general elections held in Spain. [Photo: CFP]

In Spain, the Popular Party says it has received "strong support" from voters, but exit polls indicate the governing conservatives will fall short of an absolute majority in parliament.

Pablo Casado is the party's spokesman.

"Everything so far is pointing to the Popular's Party having won the election, and having been a party that has evidently received strong support from citizens, after a fairly difficult term in office. The election campaign has got better as it's gone on, I think the prime minister has run a campaign looking to the future, positive, optimistic, making proposals, not entering into negative campaigning and insults, and that has been appreciated."

Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and his party are expected to win around 120 seats in the 350-strong parliament, nearly 60 seats short of the 176 needed for an absolute majority.

Exit polls indicate that Spain's Socialist party has come second in the elections.

It's believed that it could take weeks for a coalition government to be formed.

The Spanish constitution does not set a specific deadline to form a government after an election.

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