BARCELONA, Spain – Spain's Social Democrats suffered a setback in the country's regional elections in South Sunday, the first electoral test for Premier Pedro Sanchez's party since its seizure of power in June.
The crackdown on Social Democrats counters with the outbreak of anti-immigration party Vox, which claimed 12 seats in the 109-member Andalusian regional parliament. Vox has not had seats in a legislative body in Spain since its inception four years ago and now has the key to forming a government in the most populated region of Spain.
"Now is the time to say loud and clear who we are and we have come to stay," said the Vox candidate to a crowd of followers saying "Spain! Spain! Spain!" [1
Andalusia has been a socialist bastion for 36 years, but the party could lose control of the government If the parties on the right line up to oust regional leader Susana Diaz, they must unite with Vox.
With 99 percent of the vote, the Socialists won the election, but saw only 33 support seats compared to 47 in 2015. Thus, the Socialists were far from the majority of the 55 seats of government, even if they support the leftist party Adelante Andalucia, which occupied 17 seats.
"Despite victory The election is a sad night for the Socialist Party," said Diaz. "There was a real loss of ground for the left, but the worst thing is that the extreme right, a phenomenon that has occurred in the rest of Europe, has arrived here."
The Conservative People's Party and the Center-Right Party The Civil Party held 47 seats between them. That gives them less than the Socialists and Adelante Andalucia, so they would need the votes of Vox to reach the absolute majority.
Diaz said she will ask other parties to "build a wall against extreme rights in Spain". 19659003] "Each party must decide whether it opposes the extreme right or whether it will rely on its support to enter the government," she said.
Vox's platform includes a tough fight against immigration, a defense of Spanish unity against Catalan MPs, restrictions on abortion and the repeal of laws against domestic violence.
Two Vox members insulted Diaz when they made their choice on Sunday in Seville. Vox said that both had been removed from their positions as election observers for "inappropriate behavior".
Sanchez leads a minority government in Spain since toppling former Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, who lost a vote of no confidence. There is speculation that Sanchez may convene early elections if it can not adopt a state budget this year, rather than serving the legislative term until 2020.