– The left of Pedro Sanchez was defeated in the main region
The Socialists of the Spanish Prime Minister faced a new setback in their former stronghold of Andalusia on Sunday, a major regional election.
According to partial results, the Popular Party (PP, right) – whose candidate Juan Manuel Moreno has been leading the region since 2018 – won an absolute majority of 56 out of 109 against the Socialist Party (PSOE) 32 in the Andalusian parliament. .
This is the third consecutive setback by right-wingers for the Spanish left in the regional elections in May 2021, after Castillo and Lyon in Madrid and February. The victory puts the new leader of the PP, Alberto Núñez Feijóo, in a strong position for the next national elections scheduled for the end of 2023.
An alliance was formed between the centrists of PP and Ciudadanos, the former historic stronghold of the Andalusian Socialists, the most populous part of the country with a population of 8.5 million, and was supported by Vox in the regional parliament.
“Hard blow” to Sanchez
Before the election, Pedro insisted that the new setback in Andalusia was a “hard blow” to the Socialist Party (PSOE), and then during the legislative elections in late 2023, “Sanchez will face a tough battle for re-election.” Antonio Barroso is an analyst at consultancy firm Denio.
The PP, which came to power in June 2018, is the head of government at a “good pace”, in fact “it will be difficult to sell his government’s good decisions in the face of voter concerns about inflation”, he added.
Spain did not escape the price rise that affected many countries, especially after the war in Ukraine. This situation has prompted the government to announce a set of measures, including fuel assistance, but there are currently no definitive results.
Low Vox improvement
By controlling the progress of the far-right Vox party and embarrassing Pedro Sanchez and removing the now-defunct Ciudadanos, the PP won by a landslide in Andalusia.
Gaining an absolute majority will save him from ruling coalition with Vokes, as he has had to do recently in the Castile and Lyon region. After the end of the Franco dictatorship in 1975, the far right returned for the first time to a regional government with vast powers.
Vox, the third-largest political force in the nation, exploded in Spain’s political scene during the 2018 Andalusian regional elections and made a lot of bets on Sunday’s vote, but only a slight increase was recorded with 14 regional representatives against 12. Is four years. Old.
A new alliance with Vox would have weakened Alberto Nunes Fijo, who came to the helm of the PP in early April and followed a moderate course.
He recently declared that “Andalusia shows us a path”, “temperance, dialogue, social progress”, while Juan Manuel Moreno called for a “useful vote” for a strong government, which was not “conditional” by Vox.
According to Oscar Garcia Luwenko, a professor of political science, the PP has a “very visible strategy” of presenting itself as a “reasonable alternative” to the Socialists in the run-up to the next national elections. University of Granada.