Far right demands to be part of the Government of the Spanish region | News

The far-right Vox party demanded to be part of the Government of the autonomous community of Castilla y León, the largest in Spain, where regional elections were held this Sunday that gave victory to the Popular Party (PP, conservative) with 31.4 percent. of the votes.


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After knowing the result of the election, in which the ultra-nationalist formation came in third place, its national leader, Santiago Abascal, declared that they have the right and the duty to form a government. The ultra-right Vox aspires to the vice presidency and three councils.

The PP won 31 of the 81 seats in the regional Parliament, but had to secure 41 to govern alone.

Media outlets point out that in order to reach a majority with a party that is ideologically more similar, the PP depends on establishing an alliance with Vox, which obtained 17.6 percent of the vote and went from one to 13 seats. If joined, they would add 44 seats.

The president of the local Executive since 2019 and also the winner in these elections, Alfonso Fernández Mañueco (PP) made it public that to seek allies he will hold contacts with all political forces and did not rule out approaching Vox.

The Vox candidate in these elections, Juan García-Gallardo, declared that they will not give their votes to the PP and that at the negotiating table they will demand the repeal of what they consider “left-wing regulations”: the regional law against Gender Violence and the decree that regulates the Historical Memory, which traces the route to rehabilitate victims of the Franco dictatorship.

Second place in the elections went to the Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party (PSOE, 30 percent of the vote and 28 seats). Behind Vox were Unión del Pueblo Leonés and Soria ¡Ya! (with three each) and then Podemos-Izquierda Unida, Ciudadanos and Por Ávila (with one seat for each).

According to the media, this was a bad result for the PSOE. According to these reports, a possible alliance between the PP and Vox could have implications in other regional elections and would warn about a possible future direction that politics could take in Spain.

Fernández Mañueco also stated that the big loser in the regional elections was the Ciudadanos party, of which he was previously an ally and that lost 18 seats this Sunday.

Vox arrived on the national political scene in 2018, when it won seats in the Parliament of Andalusia (south). So far he has not been part of any regional government. In 2019 it obtained 52 of the 350 seats in the Congress of Deputies and became the third national political force.

García-Gallardo is also known for having spread homophobic, sexist and racist ideas on social networks. In this sense, local media recall that he made publications of this cut on Twitter and then deleted them.

A total of 1,934,411 citizens were eligible to vote in the elections. 1,158,045 (63.36 percent) went to the polls. This participation was 2.43 percentage points lower than that registered in the previous elections, in 2019.