The People’s Party won 58 seats in Andalusia’s parliament, blocking the far-right Vox party.
Spain’s conservative People’s Party (PP) won an outright majority in regional elections in Andalusia, excluding the far-right Vox party.
The People’s Party is led by Juan Moreno, who has kept the Andalusian regional government’s presidency by securing 58 seats in parliament, three more than the 55 needed to secure an absolute majority.
That’s up from just 26 seats when Moreno came to power in 2018 through a coalition that ended more than 30 years of socialist rule.
A landslide victory will ensure Moreno doesn’t have to rely on Vox, which has said it will support Moreno if it gets a part of the government.
Moreno has led a right-wing neutral coalition government for the past four years after the right-wing party ended the Socialist Party’s 36-year control of Andalusia.
He has been credited for his successful campaigns on moderate platforms, including defending gender equality laws that Vox wants to defend knock down.
“We made history,” Moreno told a large crowd in Seville. “[But] I want to start this new phase with humility. Because we have lost many elections in PP Andalusia and are well trained in accepting the results. With this landslide victory, we want to remain calm and humble because this is our form of politics. “
Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez’s Socialist Party was unable to bounce back, slipping to 30 seats from 33 seats in 2018.
More than 6 million people have the right to vote in the election, which the BJP hopes will signal a national election that must be held by the end of 2023.
Sanchez will be under more pressure after his government has grappled with the fallout from rampant inflation that threatens to hamper the economy’s recovery from the pandemic.
It was the first election since Alberto Núñez Feijóo took over as leader of the People’s Party in April, after his predecessor struggled with another party heavyweight, outspoken and combative. Madrid regional leader Isabel Díaz Ayuso has been sacked after an ugly public spat. Feijóo’s political style, featuring a cool and no-nonsense character focused on good governance, fits nicely with Moreno.
Vox had hoped to become the dominant force in the region, where it won its first representation in the legislature, but it has only been able to increase its 12 seats in 2018 to 14 now. Vox first entered local government earlier this year after the People’s Party needed it to remain in charge of Castile and Leon.
The far-left party – which corresponds to the “We Can United” party, which is allied with the Socialist Party nationwide – won just seven seats, compared with 17 it holds.
The centre-right Civic Party, a former junior member of Moreno’s government, has continued to emerge as a political force in Spain after failing to win a single seat four years after winning 21.