Polls put People’s Party ahead
It is widely expected that the ruling People’s Party (PP) will win an absolute majority in the Andalucían elections on Sunday. The economic downturn in the region is widely blamed on the Socialists, who have been in power in Andalucía since 1978. The area has a 30% unemployment rate and accusations of corruption and nepotism within the local party leadership have been rife.
Despite the troubled state of the Spanish economy, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has the backing of the majority of Spaniards for his austerity measures. The poll will be seen by many as a mandate for the package of cuts to services, including health and education, which the government has introduced.