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Ari Winkleman

The Graphic Truth: Spanish political gridlock

Spain's snap election on Sunday yielded another hung parliament, which means no party or coalition has a majority of seats to form a government. So, what might happen next?

Here are four scenarios, ordered from most to least likely.

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Spain's PM and PSOE party leader Pedro Sánchez delivers a speech on the day of the general election in Madrid.

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Who will govern Spain?

Two months ago, when Spanish PM Pedro Sánchez responded to a crushing regional election defeat by calling a snap national election, we gave him slim odds of keeping his job. But we did point out that Sánchez had the survival skills of a political cockroach.

His gamble paid off.

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Vox leader Santiago Abascal speaks to the crowd with Spain's national flag in the background at a campaign stop in Barcelona.

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Ahead of the Spanish election, the political pendulum is swinging right

More than three years ago, Spain ushered in its first coalition government since democracy was restored in the late 1970s. But that experiment — a minority government led by the left-wing PSOE Party with the far-left Podemos Party as a junior partner, backed by nationalist and separatist forces — might soon give way to another coalition that'll swing the country sharply to the right.

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Spanish PM Pedro Sánchez addresses the media after casting his vote in the municipal and regional elections in Madrid.

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After opposition sweeps local polls, Spain gets early national election

On Monday, Spain's PM Pedro Sánchez responded to the ruling left-wing PSOE party's losses in local/regional elections by calling an early national vote for July 23.

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Spain's opposition People's Party leader Alberto Nunez Feijoo listens to PM Pedro Sanchez speak during a session at the Senate in Madrid.

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Spain votes local but thinks national

On Sunday, municipalities and regions accounting for about half of Spain’s population will hold elections that will reverberate on the national stage.

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