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An opinion poll published by the Spanish Center for Sociological Investigation (CIS) on Thursday predicted that the Spanish Socialist Party (PSOE) of Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez will win the most votes in the forthcoming elections of the European Parliament, due to be held on May 26 in Spain.

The elections for the European Parliament are to be held just four weeks after the PSOE victory in the April 28 general election, which was accurately predicted by the CIS poll published before the vote.

The CIS poll for the European elections showed that Spain’s five main parties will win a similar amount of votes to those they polled on April 28.

The PSOE are predicted to take between 29-31 percent of the vote (compared to 28.68 percent in the general election). This would give the Socialists 17-18 seats in the European Parliament.

The right wing People’s Party (PP) saw their share of the vote halved to 16.70 percent on April 28, but the CIS believes they could do slightly better on May 26 and claim between 18-20 percent of votes.

This would be translated into 11 or 12 seats; four or five less than the 16 the PP won four years ago.

Ciudadanos, the center-right party led by Albert Rivera, will more or less repeat their performance of April 28, winning between 14-16 percent of the vote and 8-9 seats, while the left wing Unidos Podemos can expect between 14-15 percent of votes (they won 14.31 percent on April 28) and have eight representatives.

Finally the extreme right wing Vox party is predicted to do slightly worse than in the general election where they claimed 10.26 percent of the vote. The CIS believes Vox will enter into the European Parliament with four or five representatives after winning between 7-9 percent of the vote on May 26.

May 26 also sees elections for numerous city halls (including Madrid and Barcelona) and 12 of Spain’s 17 autonomous communities.

The CIS predicts the PSOE will win the most votes in 10 of 12 autonomous communities where elections are being held and could take control of the region of Madrid in a coalition with Unidos-Podemos and Mas Madrid (a newly founded left wing party in the Madrid region). Enditem

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