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Enraged voters in Spain, Poland menace political status quo with anti-establishment votes

  • Europe And Africa Week In Pictures - FILE - In this file photo dated Sunday, May 24, 2015, a nun casts her vote at a polling station in Madrid, Spain.  Opinion polls indicate voters are fed up with Spain's economic downturn and the corruption scandals that have rocked the ruling Popular Party and the opposition Socialists, which have alternated in power. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza, FILE)

    Europe And Africa Week In Pictures - FILE - In this file photo dated Sunday, May 24, 2015, a nun casts her vote at a polling station in Madrid, Spain. Opinion polls indicate voters are fed up with Spain's economic downturn and the corruption scandals that have rocked the ruling Popular Party and the opposition Socialists, which have alternated in power. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza, FILE)  (The Associated Press)

  • Europe And Africa Week In Pictures - FILE - In this file photo dated  Sunday, May 24, 2015, the leader of leftist coalition Barcelona Together, Ada Colau, center, celebrates the victory of her party after elections in Barcelona, Spain. New parties won strong support in Spain's local elections Sunday as voters turned their back on the country's traditional political heavyweights, an exit poll indicated. There was also an upset in Barcelona, where a popular anti-eviction campaigner backed by We Can was poised to unseat the region's long dominant and conservative Convergence and Union party. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti, FILE)

    Europe And Africa Week In Pictures - FILE - In this file photo dated Sunday, May 24, 2015, the leader of leftist coalition Barcelona Together, Ada Colau, center, celebrates the victory of her party after elections in Barcelona, Spain. New parties won strong support in Spain's local elections Sunday as voters turned their back on the country's traditional political heavyweights, an exit poll indicated. There was also an upset in Barcelona, where a popular anti-eviction campaigner backed by We Can was poised to unseat the region's long dominant and conservative Convergence and Union party. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti, FILE)  (The Associated Press)

  • El candidato de oposición Andrzej Duda, centro, con su esposa Agata, derecha, y su hija Kinga saludan a sus simpatizantes después de que un sondeo lo colocara como ganador en las elecciones presidenciales realizadas el domingo 24 de mayo de 2015. El presidente polaco Bronislaw Komorowski reconoció su derrota. El triunfo de Duda marca un cambio hacia la derecha en la política polaca. (Foto AP/Czarek Sokolowski)

    El candidato de oposición Andrzej Duda, centro, con su esposa Agata, derecha, y su hija Kinga saludan a sus simpatizantes después de que un sondeo lo colocara como ganador en las elecciones presidenciales realizadas el domingo 24 de mayo de 2015. El presidente polaco Bronislaw Komorowski reconoció su derrota. El triunfo de Duda marca un cambio hacia la derecha en la política polaca. (Foto AP/Czarek Sokolowski)  (The Associated Press)

Spain's ruling and main opposition parties are preparing for negotiations with anti-establishment newcomer parties in bids to form regional and local power-sharing alliances, while Poland's governing party is assessing how to reconnect with voters who ousted the president.

The moves Tuesday came two days after both countries held elections.

Many voters in the two nations were turned off with established parties that brushed off key economic concerns.

In Spain, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's Popular Party did badly after he suggested few Spaniards were talking about nearly 24 percent unemployment.

In Poland, President Bronislaw Komorowski, backed by the ruling pro-market Civic Platform party, lost after seeming out of touch with the Poles' economic difficulties.

Civic Platform's leaders are now struggling to find ways to avoid defeat in fall parliamentary elections.