Spain repeats election as Catalan crisis boosts far right

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MADRID (AP) — Spain is holding its fourth general election in as many years amid voter distrust and a renewed Catalan independence bid that has bolstered the far right.

The first obstacle for the winner of Sunday's vote will be to overcome the country's increasingly fragmented and polarized politics to build a parliamentary majority to back his government.

That could prove difficult.

Pedro Sánchez's Socialists appear poised to again win the most seats in Parliament, but fewer even than they won in April, when Sánchez was unable to get enough support of left-wing rivals to keep his party in power.

In recent days, he's tried to lure undecided and centrist voters by saying he'll focus on economic issues and by toughening his stand on Catalan separatists.

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