(BARCELONA) – Spain's Socialists suffered a setback in regional elections in the country's south Sunday, the first electoral test for…
(BARCELONA) – Spain’s Socialists suffered a setback in regional elections in the country’s south Sunday, the first electoral test for Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez’s party since he took power in June.
The blow to the Socialists contrasted with the eruption of the anti-immigrant, extreme right Vox party, which claimed 12 seats in the 109-member regional parliament of Andalusia. Vox had nog nooit eerder een plaats in enige wetgevende instantie in Spanje sinds zijn oprichting vier jaar geleden, en nu heeft het de sleutel tot het vormen van een regering in Spanje’s meest bevolkte regio.
“Nu is het moment om te zeggen loud and clear who We are and that we have come to stay, “Vox candidate told a crowd of supporters who chanted” Spain! Spain! Spain! “
Andalusia has been a socialist bastion for 36 years, but the party could lose control of the government if parties to the right join forces to oust regional leader Susana Diaz, although that would require that they join forces with Vox.
With 99 percent of the votes counted, the Socialists won the election, but saw their support plummet to just 33 seats, compared to 47 in 201
5. That left the Socialists far from the majority of 55 seats needed to govern, even if they can get the backing of the far-left party Adelante Andalucia, which took 17 seats.
“Despite winning the election it’s a sad night for the Socialist Party,” Diaz said. “There has been a real loss of ground for the left. Men det værste er at den ekstreme højre, et fenomen som har dukket opp i resten af Europa, har kommet her. “
The conservative Popular Party and Center-Right Citizens party held 47 seats between them.
Diaz said she would call on other parties to “build a firewall against the extreme right in Spain.”  “Every party must decide if they are against the extreme right or if they will depend on their support to enter into government,” she said.
Vox’s platform includes a crackdown on immigration, a defense of Spain’s unity against Catalonia secessionists , restricting abortion and rolling back domestic violence laws.
Two members of Vox shouted insults at Diaz when she submitted her ballot early Sunday in Seville. Vox said both people had been removed from their positions as voting monitors due to “inappropriate behavior.”
Sanchez leads a minority government in Spain since he headed former Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, who lost a no-confidence vote. There is speculation Sanchez may call early elections if he can not pass a national budget this year instead of serving the legislative term that runs until 2020.