Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez’s Socialists suffered a new setback on Sunday in their former stronghold in Andalusia (south). This key regional election puts the right in a position of strength a year and a half before the next national elections.
According to near-definitive results, the Popular Party (PP, right) – whose candidate Juan Manuel Moreno has chaired the region since 2018 – has more than doubled its score four years ago and won an absolute majority in the Andalusian parliament with 58 out of 10 seats. The Socialist Party (PSOE) won 30 seats against 33 in 2018, the worst result in its history in the region, while the radical left, with which it rules in Madrid, collapsed ( 7 seats against 17).
Third consecutive setback for the Spanish left
The most populous region in the country, with 8.5 million inhabitants, Andalusia is a former historical stronghold of the Socialists who ruled it uninterruptedly from 1982 in the last regional elections of 2018. Splashed by a corruption scandal, they had then been ousted from power by a coalition formed by the PP and Ciudadanos centrists, and supported in the regional parliament by the far-right Vox formation.
This “historic” PP victory in Andalusia puts its new leader, the moderate Alberto Núñez Feijóo, in a strong position for the next national elections scheduled for the end of 2023. “This triumph is one of moderation and another way of doing things of politics and that’s a very good thing for all of Spain, ”said Conservative Party number two Cuca Gamarra.
By winning in Andalusia, the PP inflicts a third consecutive setback on the Spanish left in a regional election, after that of Madrid in May 2021 and that of Castilla y León in February. A “hard blow” for the PSOE after which Pedro “Sanchez could face a difficult battle to be re-elected” in late 2023, said before the election, Antonio Barroso, an analyst at the consulting firm Teneo.
In the face of a “dynamic” PP, the head of government, who came to power in June 2018, could “find it difficult to sell his government’s results in the face of voter concerns about inflation,” he added. il.
No need for Vox to govern
By putting Pedro Sanchez in trouble, containing the progress of Vox and making Ciudadanos disappear, which got no seats, the PP won on all tables in Andalusia. Obtaining an absolute majority will prevent him from having to govern in coalition with Vox, as he had to do recently in the region of Castile and Leon.
The far right had then returned to a regional government for the first time since the end of the Franco dictatorship in 1975.
The third largest political force at the national level, Vox, which broke into the Spanish political scene during the 2018 Andalusian regional elections, put a lot of emphasis on Sunday’s election but recorded only a slight increase with 14 regional deputies compared to 12 ago. four years.
A new alliance with Vox has reportedly weakened Alberto Núñez Feijóo, who came to the helm of the PP in early April by defending a moderate line.
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