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On the final straight of the campaign trail

Susana Díaz (PSOE) with prime minister Pedro Sánchez in Marbella.
Susana Díaz (PSOE) with prime minister Pedro Sánchez in Marbella. / Josele-Lanza
  • Candidates for the Andalusian parliament now have to sit back and wait for the results of Sunday's regional election

It's been smiles all round on these last few days of the campaign trail as the candidates for seats on the Andalusian parliament aim to round up last-minute support from voters. The regional election takes place on Sunday when 6,541,722 citizens of Andalucía are called to cast their vote.

After a second tense televised debate on Monday, speculation continues as to who might pact with who if no party, as predicted, gains an overall majority.

Incumbent Socialist president of the Junta de Andalucía, Susana Díaz, who was in Marbella on Tuesday with prime minister Pedro Sánchez, hopes to keep her job. Opinion polls point to her winning the most votes, as she did in 2015, but not an overall majority. Last term's pact with centrist Ciudadanos (C's), led by Juan Marín, who is expected to more than double his party's current nine seats, broke down earlier this year, making a repetition seem improbable.

C's are more likely to pact with conservative Partido Popular (PP), whose leader Juanma Moreno, claims to be the only candidate to bring real change to Andalucía. Polls put PP and C's on almost equal footing but without an overall majority between them.

Neither party has openly admitted that it would negotiate a pact if necessary with the far right group Vox, predicted to win a seat in the Andalusian parliament on Sunday for the first time.

Meanwhile the far left coalition Adelante Andalucía, which unites Podemos and Izquierda Unida, among other leftist groups, looks set to take some left-wing voters from the Socialists. The coalition and the PSOE would, according to the polls, between them reach an overall majority but their leader, Teresa Rodríguez, has said that there was no chance of her going into a government with Díaz.

No campaigning is allowed on Saturday, a day for the 'Andaluces' to reflect before voting on Sunday.