The People's Party of Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy win Spain's general election, exit polls show, although it will have to rely on other parties if it is to govern for another four-year term. Mana Rabiee reports.
Polls closed in Spain early Sunday evening and early results showed that the ruling conservatives won the national election. Exit polls suggest the People's Party of Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy won up to 124 seats in the 350-strong parliament, but came short of the 176 seats it needed for an absolute majority. That points to a possible stalemate that analysts say will likely disrupt a program of economic reforms underway. Spain, the EU's fifth-largest economy still has a sky-high unemployment rate and those reforms have been helping the country pull itself out of recession. The opposition Socialists were seen coming second with up to 85 seats -- while newcomer parties, anti-austerity Podemos and liberal Ciudadanos, appeared to come third and fourth respectively. Once the results are confirmed, they'll give way to coalition-building talks that could go on for many weeks -- and no easy political pact appears in reach.