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Spain faces divisive election amid far-right surge and heat wave

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Spain is holding a general election on Sunday that could see the far-right enter the national government for the first time since the end of the Franco dictatorship in 1975.

The election comes amid a severe heat wave that has affected much of the country, with temperatures reaching over 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit) in some areas. The extreme weather has raised concerns about voter turnout and public health.

The main contenders in the election are the center-left Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party (PSOE), led by incumbent Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez, and the center-right People’s Party (PP), led by Alberto Núñez Feijóo. Neither party is expected to win an absolute majority in the 350-seat Congress of Deputies, so they will likely need to form coalitions with smaller parties to govern.

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