Spanish Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy, got one surprise he wasn't expecting on the campaign trail in his home region of Galicia Wednesday night when he was punched in the face by a 17-year-old boy.
The incident marks a chaotic end to the final days of campaigning in the country's general election this weekend. It looks set to be one of the most intriguing and important polls since Spain's transition to democracy.
With the country finally emerging from years of hardship borne of a crippling financial crisis and the implementation of severe austerity, the emergence of new political forces is set to transform Spain's political landscape.
CNBC takes a look at the issues involved.