The Spanish right achieves victory with a taste of defeat; adjusted result in early elections

He People’s Party It achieved 136 deputies in yesterday’s general elections in Spain, falling short of the results that most of the polls predicted, and the sum with the 33 seats obtained by Vox does not reach the 176 seats that would allow them to govern with an absolute majority.

Thus, the PP of Alberto Núñez Feijóo, which all the polls gave as the winner, prevailed by a very narrow margin over the 122 of the Spanish Socialist Workers Party, of Pedro Sánchez, but this economist is in a better position to reach agreements that the deputies who lack an absolute majority give him.

Núnez Feijóo spoke after the tense electoral night and affirmed that the war is not lost.

As the candidate of the party with the most votes, I believe that my duty is to try to govern our country,” he told his supporters.

For his part, Sánchez told his euphoric followers: “I called early elections, because I believed, as I have always believed, that we as a society had to decide which course to take.”

It also plays in its favor that the PSOE won almost a million votes compared to the last generals, held in November 2019, as well as four percentage points and two seats. This is how he underlined it in his speech before the militants: “We have obtained more votes, more seats and more percentage than four years ago, thank you from the bottom of my heart.”

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“The Spanish have given the confidence to the PP and have told us to talk. And, as the leader of the most voted party, I must lead the dialogue and try to govern with electoral victory”, Alberto Núñez Feijóo, Candidate of the Popular Party.

PUIGDEMONT, KEY

Sánchez is only separated from continuing in La Moncloa by an agreement with Junts, the party of former Catalan president Carles Puigdemont, which holds the key to governance.

The total would come out to the PSOE by adding its 122 seats to the 31 of Sumar, 7 of ERC, 6 of Bildu, 5 of the PNV and one of the BNG.

The former Catalan president, who took refuge in Belgium, assured that his formation would not support either Sánchez or Feijóo.

Feijóo could try to convince smaller parties to back a PP-Vox coalition. However, many seem reluctant to support the rise of a far-right party to power for the first time since the end of the four-decade dictatorship of Francisco Franco, who died in 1975.

Yesterday’s vote coincided with the summer holidays for many Spaniards and one of the hottest months in the nation. Some voters turned up in bathing suits and used ballot papers as fans, while polling stations installed air conditioning or moved polling stations outside.

BEFORE DIVISIONS, THEY FEAR PARLIAMENTARY BLOCKADE

With yesterday’s results, Spain has a Congress without a clear majority on either the left or the right, paving the way for protracted and potentially unsuccessful negotiations to form a government.

Negotiations between the two blocs to form a government will begin when the new parliament meets on August 17. King Felipe VI will invite the leader of the PP, Alberto Núñez Feijóo, to try to form a government. In a similar situation in 2015, the then leader of the Popular Party, Mariano Rajoy, declined the invitation, alleging that he could not gather the necessary support.

If Feijóo declines, the king could address Sánchez with the same request.

The law does not set a deadline for the process, but if no candidate obtains a majority in the two months following the first vote for the presidency of the government, new elections must be called.

A deadlock or prolonged negotiations could upset financial markets.

Sánchez called early elections by surprise, after the left suffered a severe setback in local and regional elections in May.

In yesterday’s elections, participation rose, with 71.31% compared to 66.23% in the 2019 elections.

Parliaments without a majority have become the norm in recent years due to the fragmentation of Spanish politics and the emergence of new parties challenging the dominance of the PP and PSOE.

The country held two elections in six months in late 2015 and 2016, after which a 10-month lockdown ensued until the Socialists abstained on a confidence vote to allow the PP to form a minority government. In 2019, there were two more elections before the PSOE and the far-left party Podemos agreed to form Spain’s first coalition government.

EXTREME RIGHT SEE ANOTHER LEFT GOVERNMENT

The Vox leader, Santiago Abascal, who planned to ally himself with the PP, came out to speak, without optimism.

Pedro Sánchez, even losing the elections, could even be invested with the support of communism, coup separatism and terrorism”, he sentences, alluding to the radical left, and to the Catalan and Basque independentistas.

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— AFP

NO CLEAR MAJORITY

Vox and Sumar, the two formations with the greatest potential to support the Popular Party or the Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party in the formation of the government, were almost tied.

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