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Landslide victory of the Popular Party in the regional elections of Andalusia, a historic socialist fiefdom

With a historic result, the Popular Party won this Sunday the regional elections in Andalusia and the current acting president and candidate, Juan Manuel Moreno Bonilla, achieved an absolute majority, unprecedented, and will not have to agree with the extreme right of Vox.

the PSOE, that until 2018 had governed the Andalusians for almost four decades, made his worst election in a field that was traditionally faithful to him: his candidate, Juan Espadas, garnered just 31 deputies, the worst result in the socialist history of Andalusia that, with this overwhelming result of the PP. confirm a right turn.

With Moreno Bonilla, a candidate that almost nobody knew four years ago and who, even so, joined his votes with the liberals of Ciudadanos and became president in 2018 without having won the electionsthe PP manages to seat 57 deputies in the Andalusian Parliament.

In the last elections, Moreno Bonilla had made the PP bottom out. With only 26 deputiesthe most squalid figure achieved by the Andalusian Populares, was left with the presidential chair in a vote that, in terms of number of votes, the PSOE had won.

A man carrying a cooler and a beach umbrella waits to vote in Almería. Photo EFE

the extreme right

Vox, which in the 2018 elections had entered a Parliament for the first time and it was in Andalusia, with 12 deputies, stalled in these elections and his candidate, Macarena Olona, ​​only adds two more seats to those they already had.

Ciudadanos, the party that won the vice presidency in 2018, disintegrates in the Andalusian Parliament. He loses the 21 deputies he had. The current vice president and candidate in these elections, Juan Marín, will not leave his post until the renewal of the government. “I will present my resignation to all positions in the party,” said Marín with 90 percent of the votes already counted.

Some 6.6 million Andalusians voted for the 109 parliamentarians who will make up the new Junta de Andalucía and will elect the next regional president.

10 percent of the electorate decided their vote in front of the pollsaccording to pollsters who speculated on the figures.

own majority

By obtaining more than 55 seats, the PP you will not have to negotiate with other parties.

“I don’t want what Pedro Sánchez has, two governments in one and all day fighting,” Moreno Bonilla had said during the electoral campaign, alluding to the PSOE-Podemos coalition that governs Spain.

Opening of the electoral college located in the Colegio de Cólon in Córdoba.  Photo EFE

Opening of the electoral college located in the Colegio de Cólon in Córdoba. Photo EFE

“I do not want to govern with Macarena Olona (Vox candidate), I do not want to be tied”, the Andalusian acting president had been honest, who swept the polls this Sunday.

The parties to the left of the PSOE, Por Andalucía and Adelante Andalucía, obtained meager results: the first group -which brought together Izquierda Unida, Más País -a split from Pablo Iglesias’s Podemos-, Equo and the Andalusian People’s Initiative- won 5 seats and Teresa Rodríguez’s regional party, 2.

Why is all of Spain restless with the electoral results this Sunday in Andalusia?

Because next year there will be regional, municipal and general elections and the scenario that takes place in Andalusia tests the stability of the PSOE coalition government of Pedro Sánchez with Podemos, and the possibilities of Alberto Núñez Feijóo, the president of the PP. the main opposition party, which came to office in April and aspires without subtlety to succeed Sánchez in La Moncloa.

Andalusia is also the community that contributes the most seats to the arithmetic of the Spanish Congress of Deputies: 61 parliamentarians.

Polling stations opened in the eight provinces of Andalusia, the most populous community in Spain, at 9 a.m. and closed at 8 p.m.

At two in the afternoon, 34.25 percent of the voter had already voted -in Spain voting is not compulsory as in Argentina-, four points more than at the same time in the 2018 elections. However, at six in the afternoon, turnout was 44.5 percent, almost two points less than in the last election.

This Sunday, election day in Andalusia, the merciless heat wave that has punished Spain for days gave a respite and loosened the temperature of more than 40 degrees. However, at the Virgen del Mar school in Almería, there was an Andalusian with a little ice cream and an umbrella. “I vote and go to the beach,” she assured.


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