MADRID, April 29. /TASS/. With over 98.9% of ballots counted, Pedro Sanchez’s Spanish Socialist Workers' Party (PSOE) leads the general elections in Spain, the country’s interior ministry announced on Monday.
According to the ministry, the socialist party will get 123 seats in the 350-seat lower house of parliament. The conservative People's Party (PP) will get 66 seats. A total of 57 seats will go to the centrist Citizens (Ciudadanos) party, 42 - to the left-wing United We Can (Unidas Podemos) coalition and 24 - to the right-wing populist Vox party.
After the result was announced, Sanchez vowed to form a pro-European government.
"We have sent a message to Europe and the rest of the world: authoritarianism and regress can be defeated," he told his opponents. "It was demonstrated that the Spanish democracy is strong and of excellent quality."
The leader of the opposition People's Party, Pablo Casado, has already congratulated Sanchez on the election victory.
"I would like to congratulate Pedro Sanchez," he said, describing his party’s main electoral rival as "a great party, important for the history of Spain."
Casado said he was not satisfied with his party’s performance. "The result is bad. We enjoy winning," he said.
The turnout topped 75%
The voting began at 09:00 local time (10:00 Moscow time) on Sunday and continued until 20:00 local time (21:00 Moscow time). All 350 seats in the Congress of Deputies (lower house) were up for election, as well as 208 of 266 seats in the Senate (upper house).