Spaniards to Overturn 40 Years of Predictable Politics in Regional Vote

Spaniards are expected to sweep aside 40 years of predictable politics when they vote in regional elections on Sunday and usher in an unstable era of coalition and compromise, likely to curtail the authority of Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy. Rajoy's conservative People's Party and leftist Socialists have alternated in power since the end of dictatorship in the 1970s, with virtually no tradition of coalition government at the national or regional level. But with voters flocking to upstart groups, polls forecast that no party will win enough votes to claim a majority in 12 of the 13 regions voting on Sunday, and most of the 8,000 towns and cities electing municipal governments.