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Spaniards head to polls again amid far-right concerns

People line up outside a polling station to cast their vote for the general election in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, April 28, 2019. Galvanized by the Catalan crisis, Spain's far right is set to enter Parliament for the first time in decades while the Socialist government tries to cling on to power in Spain's third election in four years. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

Spaniards have begun voting in their country's third general election in four years.

All eyes are on whether the rise of conservative nationalism will allow the right wing to unseat the incumbent prime minister.

Pedro Sanchez is set to win the most votes, but his Socialists seem far from securing a majority in parliament to form a government on their own.

The fragmentation of the political landscape is the result of austerity that followed the economic recession, disenchantment with bipartisan politics and the recent rise of far-right populism.

Mr Sanchez called Sunday's ballot after a national budget proposal was rejected in the Lower Chamber by the centre-right-conservative opposition and Catalan separatists pressing for self-determination in their north-eastern region.

Voting stations opened at 9am local time and will close at 8pm, with results expected a few hours later.

MAIN PHOTO: AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti

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