Right-wing bloc set to win majority in Spain election, surveys show

Right-wing bloc set to win majority in Spain election, surveys show

Surveys conducted in the final week of campaigning for the Spanish election have indicated that the centre-right People’s Party (PP) and the far-right Vox party may win enough seats to form a coalition government. If this happens, it would be the first time a far-right party has been in power since the days of Francisco Franco.

According to a GAD3 voter survey released after the polls closed, the PP is projected to win 150 seats, while Vox is expected to secure 31 seats. This would give them a majority in the 350-seat parliament. However, a survey by Sigma Dos provided a less conclusive prediction, estimating 145-150 seats for the PP and 24-27 seats for Vox. This suggests that the two parties may fall short of the lower range of its poll.

The Socialists, led by Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, are projected to win 112 seats according to GAD3 and 113-118 seats according to Sigma Dos. Meanwhile, the far-left platform led by Labour Minister Yolanda Diaz is expected to secure either 27 seats or 28-31 seats.

The GAD3 survey, which closed on July 22, involved 10,000 participants, while the Sigma Dos survey, which closed on Sunday, included 17,000 participants.

Whether the PP and Vox will form a coalition government will depend on negotiations between the parties in the coming days, weeks, or even months. While PP leader Alberto Nunez Feijoo has expressed a preference for governing alone, the two parties have already formed alliances in numerous regions and cities following the local elections in May.

Vox leader Santiago Abascal has indicated a willingness to “create an alternative” to Sanchez’s left-wing coalition government.

If the PP comes to power, it is not expected to bring significant changes to Spain’s economic or foreign policies. However, it may dilute the previous government’s green agenda. Under the Socialists, Spain has been a strong advocate for climate change policies within the European Union.

Vox, founded in 2013, gained popularity in response to the PP’s handling of the failed Catalan independence attempt in 2017. The party advocates for the expulsion of illegal migrants, a naval blockade to prevent their arrival, and the closure of mosques promoting “radical Islam or jihad.” However, it supports immigration that meets Spain’s labor market needs and comes from nationalities with shared language or culture.

Vox has also pledged to repeal progressive laws on transgender rights, abortion, and animal rights, as well as climate protections promoted by Sanchez.

While Vox leader Santiago Abascal claims the party does not have a position on Spain’s former dictator Francisco Franco, he has criticized Sanchez’s government as the worst in 80 years, a period that includes Franco’s regime.

In conclusion, the outcome of the Spanish election suggests the possibility of a coalition government between the PP and Vox. This would mark the first time a far-right party has held power since the days of Francisco Franco. The final decision will depend on negotiations between the parties in the coming days, weeks, or months.

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