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Campaigning for one of Spain's tightest national elections in decades ends

Divisive and often ill-tempered, the election has been fought mainly on emotive topics - notably issues of national identity linked to Catalonia's drive for independence

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File photo: Demonstrators hold Spanish flags and shout slogans as they gathered in Barcelona ahead of a march to show support for the Spanish union and call on Catalonia not to declare independence | AP/ PTI

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The leaders of all of Spain’s main political parties invited their supporters on Friday night to prepare for power, as campaigning for one of the tightest national elections in decades drew to a close.

No single party will get an overall majority in Sunday’s ballot, and opinion polls suggest all five leading contenders have a realistic chance of playing a role in government.

Divisive and often ill-tempered, the election has been fought mainly on emotive topics - notably issues of national identity linked to Catalonia’s drive for independence - with the economy taking a rare back seat.

With campaigning having ended at midnight,

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First Published: Apr 27 2019 | 8:33 PM IST

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