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Spanish elections: Anti-austerity parties support swells

The governing People's Party (PP) in Spain has suffered heavy losses in regional and local elections.

In what was seen as a test before parliamentary elections expected in November, left-wing groups opposed to austerity made strong gains.

Six months before national elections, the ruling PP has gained the most votes, beating the Socialist party who came second with 25%.

But the two traditional parties fell short of overall majorities in most areas. They both lost a significant number of votes to emerging groups Ciudadanos and Podemos.

Tom Burridge reports from Madrid.

  • 25 May 2015
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