20 Nov '11, 3am

Crisis-hit Spanish voters to cast aside socialist government Gillard you're next! #auspol

MADRID (AFP) - Spain's right romped towards a thumping victory in general elections on Sunday, which would complete a clean-sweep rejection of governments in the crisis-torn euro zone nations. Bowed by a 21.5-per cent jobless rate, economic stagnation and deep spending cuts, the 36-million-strong Spanish electorate was set to hand the right a crushing win over the ruling Socialists. Opposition Popular Party leader Mariano Rajoy has a lead of about 15 percentage points, latest polls showed, sufficient to secure an absolute majority in parliament and a free hand to reform. Spain would thus become the last of the so-called periphery euro zone nations to ditch its government after the debt storm toppled rulers of Ireland, Portugal, Greece and Italy. 'The choice which Spanish voters make Sunday is of course important for Spain. It is also important for France, for the euro and ...

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