Spanish election: Right-wing bloc set to win majority, surveys show

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Spanish election: Right-wing bloc set to win majority, surveys show

Surveys conducted in the final week of campaigning for Spain’s election indicate that the centre-right People’s Party (PP) and the far-right Vox could form a coalition government, marking the first far-right participation in government since the days of Francisco Franco. The current left-wing coalition of the Socialists (PSOE) with the far-left Unidas Podemos would be replaced by a significant ideological shift if the PP/Vox coalition comes to fruition. According to a GAD3 voter survey, the PP is projected to win 150 seats, while Vox is expected to secure 31 seats, enough for a majority in the 350-seat parliament. However, a survey by Sigma Dos suggests that the two parties may fall short at the lower range of its poll, with the PP projected to win 145-150 seats and Vox expected to secure 24-27 seats. In the previous election, Vox won 52 seats, but if the surveys are accurate, it could receive significantly fewer seats this time. The Socialists are projected to win 112 seats according to GAD3 and 113-118 seats according to Sigma Dos, while the far-left platform led by Labour Minister Yolanda Diaz is expected to secure either 27 seats or 28-31 seats. It is important to note that these voter surveys are not exit polls and have been known to provide inaccurate indications of potential winners in the past. The election took place during the summer holidays and amid intense heat, with many Spaniards following the results from the beach. Ignacio Garriga, Vox’s secretary general, urged caution and emphasized the need to wait for the final results. Cuca Gamarra, the PP’s spokesperson, stated that Spaniards have expressed their choice for the next president, indicating Alberto Nuñez Feijoo as the clear majority’s preference. As of the initial vote count, the PSOE led with 33% of the vote, while the PP received 31%. However, early vote counting in Spain primarily comes from smaller towns and may not reflect the final outcome. Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez called for the election early after the left suffered losses in local elections in May, but his decision could backfire if the surveys prove accurate. The formation of a PP/Vox coalition government, Spain’s second-ever coalition government, would depend on negotiations between the parties in the coming days, weeks, or even months. Although PP leader Alberto Nunez Feijoo has expressed a preference for governing alone, the PP and Vox have previously formed governing alliances in numerous regions and cities following the local elections in May. Vox leader Santiago Abascal has indicated openness to creating an alternative to Sanchez’s left-wing coalition government. The potential PP-led government is not expected to bring significant shifts in Spain’s economic or foreign policies, but it could dilute the previous government’s green agenda. The PP has promised to streamline the tax system, reduce taxes for lower-income earners, eliminate the recently created wealth tax, boost industry, and lower value-added tax on meat and fish. Vox’s entry into government would align with the growing trend of far-right parties entering government in Europe. Vox gained popularity in response to the PP’s handling of the failed 2017 attempt by Catalan nationalists to achieve independence from Spain. Vox’s proposals include the expulsion of illegal migrants, a naval blockade to prevent their arrival, the closure of radical mosques, support for immigration meeting Spain’s labor market needs, and immigration from nationalities sharing language or culture. Vox also aims to repeal progressive laws on transgender rights, abortion, and animal rights, as well as climate protections promoted by Sanchez. While Vox leader Abascal has stated that the party does not have a position on Spain’s former dictator Franco, he has also criticized Sanchez’s government as the worst in 80 years, a period that includes Franco’s regime. Voter turnout stood at around 40.5% at 2 p.m., higher than the turnout recorded at the same time during the previous election in November 2019. Postal voting reached an all-time high of 2.47 million as people cast their ballots from holiday locations. Spaniards expressed divided opinions, with some emphasizing the global trend of increasing polarization between right and left-wing ideologies. Others, like Yolanda Fernandez, who lived through the Franco era, voted for the Socialists to prevent a return to that period. Prime Minister Sanchez’s term has been marked by crisis management, including the COVID pandemic, its economic impact, and the political consequences of the failed 2017 independence bid in Catalonia. PP leader Feijoo has positioned himself as a reliable leader. Voters expressed a desire for change, with one civil servant stating that the country needs a change without specifying whether they voted for the PP or Vox.

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