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Just days after a shock Brexit, Spaniards started voting in repeat elections on Sunday to decide if they too want a radical change as promised by a far-left coalition led by Podemos. The polls, which opened at 0700 GMT under a generally blue sky nationwide, are pitting voters hungry for change in a country with sky-high unemployment against those who fear this change would worsen the situation for Spain, which was on the brink of collapse just a few years ago. Britain's surprise vote to leave the European Union has further exacerbated this cleavage, with the outgoing conservative Popular Party (PP) insisting on the need for "stability" in the face of "radicalism" and "populism", in a thinly-veiled dig at the Unidos Podemos coalition.
History professor Gudni Johannesson won Iceland's presidential election with 39.1 percent of the ballots, according to final results announced on public television channel RUV on Sunday. Throughout the campaign, Johannesson rode a wave of anti-establishment sentiment, emphasising his non-partisan, independent vision of the presidency. The president in Iceland holds a largely ceremonial position, acting as a guarantor of the constitution and national unity, and more important legislative elections are due in the autumn.