General rehearsal before the legislative elections, the exact date of which is not yet known, the regional and municipal elections in Spain this Sunday seem to indicate a clear decline of the left, which controlled ten regions in the country.
Six months before the legislative elections, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez’s Socialist Party suffered a very clear setback in Sunday’s municipal and regional elections in Spain, according to the first official results and media projections.
“We are facing a tide of the right in Spain,” the outgoing head of government of Cantabria (northern Spain), Miguel Angle Revilla, told reporters.
The People’s Party (PP, right) led by Alberto Nunez Feijoo, which had made these local and regional elections a national referendum on the politics of Pedro Sanchez, achieved its first objective, which was to be the party with the greatest number of votes in municipal elections.
After counting more than 97% of the votes for the municipal elections, the PP won nearly 6.9 million votes (31.47%) against just over 6.1 million for the Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party (PSOE) led by Pedro Sanchez. (28.18%).
Above all, the PP was almost certain to conquer several regions hitherto led by the PSOE, first of all the Valencian Community (east), the fourth in the country by population, according to Spanish public television (TVE).
In addition, the socialist party was about to lose the town hall of Seville, the largest city in Andalusia (south) and one of its strongholds, to the benefit of the PP, still according to TVE.
The People’s Party has taken “a giant step”
At the same time, the PSOE failed in its attempt to recover the town hall of Barcelona, the great metropolis of Catalonia, which it occupied from 1979 to 2011.
This Sunday’s elections concerned all of the 8,131 municipalities, or 35.5 million voters, as well as the assemblies of 12 of the 17 autonomous regions. Some 18.3 million voters were affected by this second vote.
This double ballot was considered a general rehearsal before the legislative elections, the exact date of which is not yet known. The name of Pedro Sanchez did not appear on any ballot on Sunday, nor did that of Alberto Nunez Feijoo.
But what was at stake was very important for the two men, who had been heavily involved in the campaign, to the point of giving these elections a national look and a first round before the legislative elections at the end of the year.
The Popular Party took a “giant step” on Sunday on the road to lead its leader in December to the post of Prime Minister, launched the president of the government of Andalusia, Juan Manuel Moreno Bonilla, a member of the PP.
Retreat from the left
Prime Minister since 2018, Pedro Sanchez was faced with many handicaps: the wear and tear of power, the resumption of inflation and the resulting sharp drop in purchasing power. He also had to face the repeated crises shaking the government coalition formed by the socialists and the radical left party Podemos.
According to the first results from different regions, Podemos also seems to be in very sharp decline. Pedro Sanchez had campaigned on his government’s record, mainly in the economic field.
He was all the more under pressure as his party had a lot to lose, since of the 12 regions which renewed their assembly on Sunday, the Socialists led ten (including a region led by a regionalist party with which they are allies).
For its part, the PP controlled the other two regions, including that of Madrid, and was assured of keeping them. In the capital, the very right-wing president of the region, Isabel Diaz Ayuso (PP), even seemed able to win an absolute majority of the seats.
Source: BFM TV