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Spanish People Celebrate an Election Result That Changed Absolutely Nothing

The second Spanish general election in a year also resulted in a stalemate.

by Davit Ruiz, Words by Gonzalo Herrera
Jun 27 2016, 5:55pm

This article originally appeared on VICE Spain.

On June 26, Spain held a repeat general election in an attempt to reverse the results of the last one—which was held on December 20, 2015 and produced the most fragmented parliament in the country's history.

In the early hours of the evening, supporters of the four main parties—the conservative Partido Popular (PP), the socialist PSOE, the center-right Ciudadanos (citizens), and left-wing alliance Unidos Podemos (United We Can)—began to gather outside each party's headquarters in Madrid. The results were announced around 10 PM, and as it had been predicted, the Partido Popular won with 33.03 percent of the votes. Exit Polls had indicated that Unidos Podemos would come second, but in the end they finished third with 21.10 percent of the votes—just behind Partido Socialista (Socialist Party).

However, this election also failed to break the stalemate of the last six months, so PP leader Mariano Rajoy is now expected to reach out to the other parties to try and create a coalition government. If a deal is not achieved soon, the Spanish might be called to the polls for a third time in the same year.

Below are some photos of what took place on the streets of Madrid last night.