Healthcare workers and supporters hold signs as they take part in a protest against the local government's plans to cut public healthcare spending in Madrid February 17, 2013. REUTERS/Javier Barbancho
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Elections in Spain, Portugal and now Ireland have rocked established politics as voters rebelled against austerity and traditional parties, creating political limbo by holding up the formation of new governments.Reduced overall support for traditional parties meant the vote produced no clear winner, leaving Ireland facing a re-run or an unprecedented deal between Fine Gael and Fianna Fail: the two main parties which have long-held divisions.In Spain, the vote on Dec. 20 produced a parliament with 200 new members out of 350, but no left no party able to form a government as support for two new parties, the left-wing Podemos and center-left Ciudadanos eroded the standing of traditional forces.In neighboring Portugal, the Left Bloc made a historic breakthrough in parliamentary elections in October to take 10.2 percent of votes in an election that resulted in an unstable minority Socialist government supported by the Left Bloc and other parties.
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