Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez’s Socialists won Snap elections on Sunday without the essential majority to govern in a landscape notable by the far-right’s entry into parliament. The results raise the specter of another period of instability for Spain, with Sanchez based on alliances with competitions in An environment that has soured since Catalonia’s failed secession bidding in 2017.
Substantial development was the rise of the ultra-nationalist Vox party, which gained just over 10 percent of the vote in a Country that has had no far-right party to speak of because of the death of dictator Francisco Franco in 1975. Sanchez’s Socialist Party (PSOE) got 123 lawmakers out of 350, or close to 29 percent of votes short of an absolute majority
But a whole lot better than the 85 seats it got in 2016. “The Socialists have won the general election and with it the future has won along with the past has lost,” he told cheering supporters From the balcony of the party’s headquarters in Madrid, claiming victory Sunday. The big loser was the conservative Popular Party (PP), which bagged 66 chairs compared to 137 in the prior election which
Watched it govern Spain with a minority government. Sanchez, who came to power in June after ousting conservative prime minister Mariano Rajoy in a no-confidence vote, could seek to forge alliances with far-left Podemos and smaller groupings like Catalan separatist parties, as he’d done over the past ten months.
He could try to cozy up to centre-right Ciudadanos, which won 57 seats. Together, they’d form a complete majority But Republicans from the parties would probably frown on such a move. “I hope Sanchez will not reach an arrangement with Ciudadanos, I want a left-wing government,” 51-year-old Esther Lopez, stated the Socialist Party headquarters, wearing earrings marked “PSOE.”
Ciudadanos leader Albert Rivera, built his campaign on disparaging Sanchez, criticizing his attempts to negotiate with Catalan Separatist parties in a bid to ease a secession crisis from the northeastern region. The catastrophe in Catalonia was precisely what fuelled Vox’s meteoric rise from the outer margins of politics to the national scene, After gaining nearly 11 percent of votes in December regional surveys in southern Andalusia.
Founded by Santiago Abascal, a disgruntled former PP member, it takes 24 chairs in the national parliament. This is significantly less than what opinion polls had predicted. “I thought Vox would get way more votes with this result Vox will not have some weight in parliament as no one supports them. We Wanted more chairs,” said Maria Bonilla Ortega, a 22-year-old philosophy pupil in central Madrid, a Spanish flag draped around her shoulders.
Abascal was more optimistic: “We may tell Spain with a complete calm that Vox has come to stay,” he told cheering supporters. Following a tense campaign, voter turnout was high at 75.76%up from 66.48% in 2016, election authorities stated.