The Socialist Party (PSOE) lost 402,000 votes on Sunday night, its worst ever result in Andalusia. The Popular Party (PP) and Podemos (Adelante Andalucía) were not far behind, shedding 316,000 and 283,000 votes respectively. Nineteen percent of the vote shifted. 24 seats. And all of that regional political power went to two other parties: Ciudadanos and Vox, which each gained 12 seats. Vox was the biggest shock to the system of the night: “Andalusian earthquake” (El País), “the worst punishment in socialist history”, “unprecedented severity” (El Mundo), “a historic defeat” (ABC). Three weeks ago, zero seats was the most likely outcome for them. During the two-week election campaign, suggestions of one or two, maybe four seats were to be found in some polls. Then on Sunday night at 8 p.m. ABC published not an exit poll but at least something that was a decent size (4,800 phone calls) that had run up to November 30, … [Read more...] about Analysis: After the elections in Andalusia, expect a lot more Vox in Spanish politics
SPAIN’S socialist PM has taken a hammering in crucial elections despite his sabre-rattling over Gibraltar. Pedro Sanchez saw his left-wing party haemorrhage votes in the southern state of Andalusia, which directly borders the Rock. The socialists lost 14 of their seats and failed to secure a majority in the local parliament, which they have run uninterrupted for 36 years. The result of Sunday’s poll is a major body blow to Mr Sanchez, whose threats to veto last week’s Brexit summit were seen as an attempt to whip up support. Instead it was the far-right Vox party which gained the most, winning 12 seats and entering a regional parliament for the first time. Mr Sanchez’ PSOE party won just 33 seats out of 109, with the Conservatives coming in second and centrist Ciudadanos surging into third. The result will prove a serious blow to the Spanish PM, who runs a minority government in Madrid and has been looking to call a snap election. After the count came in, he … [Read more...] about Spain’s PM takes major hit in crucial elections despite sabre-rattling over Gibraltar as far-right Vox party gain seats
Right-wing populist VOX has entered a Spanish regional parliament for the first time after gaining 11 per cent of the vote in Andalusia on Sunday, according to exit polls. VOX has won 12 seats in Spain’s most populous region, according to preliminary results where around 99 per cent of votes have been counted, Reuters reports.In less than three years, VOX has risen from one percent to 11 percent and is now the third-largest party in the Andalusian province of Almería. The results in Andalusia, normally a left-wing stronghold where 20 percent of the country’s population lives, represent a first major gain for right-wing populism in Spain which is currently led by Socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez. EuropeElects reports that “The electoral defeat of the centre-left PSOE (S&D) in today’s regional election in Andalusia reflects the downward trend of almost all centre-left, social democratic and socialist parties in #Europe.” … [Read more...] about Breakthrough for Anti-Mass Migration VOX Party in Spanish Regional Election
Polls put the Socialists ahead in their traditional southern stronghold of Andalusia, which they have ruled for the past 36 years. But Vox appears to be on course to win up to five seats in the 109-seat regional parliament, polls say. "The goal of these Andalusian elections is to obtain an important representation... so as to play a deciding role in the formation of the next government," Vox leader Santiago Abascal told AFP. The 42-year-old former member of the conservative Popular Party (PP) was speaking on the sidelines of a campaign rally for his five-year-old party in the southern city of Granada. Abascal himself comes from the northern Basque region. But he hopes a breakthrough in Andalusia will serve as a springboard for wins in European Parliament elections in May -- and at an early general election in Spain, widely expected in 2019. If Vox did win a seat in the next general election, it would be the first time a far-right party had a presence in Spain's lower house of … [Read more...] about Vox: Tiny Spanish far-right party gaining ground in Andalusia
By Matthew Bennett Two years ago, when Donald Trump won the American presidency, with the support of Steve Bannon and the alt-right, one party moved quickly to try to position itself as Spain’s answer to that ascendent US national populism. Vox’s first attempts did not go very far beyond a few meetings, on both sides of the Atlantic, and some press statements accompanied by photos of party leader Santiago Abascal with Marine Le Pen (France, National Front), Geert Wilders (Holland, Party for Freedom) or Frauke Petry (Alternative for Germany). But there was not much substance to it. In a recent article describing that period, El Confidencial wrote that Vox was considered “a pariah among the eurosceptic right in Europe”. On Monday, Vox published a pre-campaign video of Mr. Abascal trotting around a plain somewhere in Andalusia—where regional elections will be held on December 2nd—looking manly in a more Putinesque than Trump-like manner, to … [Read more...] about ANALYSIS: Will Vox, Spain’s answer to the alt-right, ride the populist wave to its first electoral win?