The Popular Party (PP, Conservative) won regional elections in Castile and Lyon this Sunday and continues to rule the largest of Spain’s 17 autonomous communities. However, the main purpose of going to the polls, which he had hoped for on his own initiative, failed. If he dreamed of getting an absolute majority at the start of the campaign (i.e. 41 out of 81 delegates), he would end up with 31, and Vox’s 13 would be needed to retain power.
The far-right party, led by Juan Garcia-Gallardo in the region, is celebrating a sharp rise from 1 to 13 delegates and 5.5 to 17.6% of the vote. The first signs of Vox suggesting the need to enter into autonomous administration. As its national leader, Santiago Abascal, celebrated the results, Gallardo said he “looks like a vice president.” Vox supports PP executives in Madrid, Murcia and Andalusia, but only with parliamentary lawyer contracts. An alliance would be a whole at first.
Exercising his right to reduce the legislature, Castillo and Lyon’s first president, Alfonso Fernandez Manuko (PP), won 31.5% of the vote and 31 delegates. When thanking voters, he said, “The new future of this soil begins.” “The whole of Spain saw us and we rose to the occasion.” Without naming his favorite allies, he promised to “talk to everyone” to form a government for all and for all. Economic recovery, rural life and health are the priorities of the President, who promises to take care of the people and create jobs.
The Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party (PSOE, center-left) added 30% and 28 seats. He did not last long because the right wing had a majority. In Spain’s regions, it is common for those with the most votes to leave power if an opponent is strong enough.
Regionalist forces are on the rise
Louis Tutankhamun, the leader of the Socialist List, lamented: “Today the PP belongs to an extreme right-wing party that calls into question not only the autonomous state but also the rights and freedoms of the various coalitions.” He accused Manugo of opening the door “from head to toe” to Vokes through unnecessary elections.
Other national organizations represented this Sunday are the Left Front Unidas Podemos (UP, PSOE partner in the central government) and Cidadãos (Cs, liberal center-right). If UP drops from two to one deputy, adding up to 5.1%, Cs gives a tumble, in stark contrast to Vox’s rise: from 12 to one deputy, with 4.5%, regional leader Francisco Izia was 15% in 2019.
Regionalist forces, on the other hand, are growing. The Sória Já list debuted with three seats (1.54%) and received the most votes in the province that gives its name. It is part of the España Vazia site, which fights for the interests of areas neglected by the central power. The movement, which spans geography from Burgos (Castile) to Jaén (Andalusia) or Cáceres (Extremadura), was inspired by the success of the Teruel Existe list, which was launched to gain a deputy and three senators in the province of Aragon. Assembly election ..
The other three seats go to the Lyon People’s Union (4.3%), which wants to resurrect the old kingdom of Lyon in the form of the 18th Autonomous Spanish Community. To do so, he left three of the nine provinces of Castile and Lyon, namely Lyon, Zamora and Salamanca. With 1.1%, PP’s local spin-off, Por Ávila Party, retains a place it won in 2019.
Aznar has already been sent to the region
The turnout was 36.6%, two percentage points higher than it was three years ago. These elections were forced by the PP, due to tensions with the Cs, which created a ruling majority. About a year ago, during an audit resolution tabled by the PSOE, a sub-opposition was sent from the Cs to the Autonomous Executive Minority.
Monuco’s bet was inspired by the victory of Isabel Diaz Ayuzo in the Madrid region last May. It also exists nationally. The leader of the PP, Pablo Casado, wanted Castile and Lyon to be the catapult to achieve the Spanish government in the law enacted in 2023 (there will still be regional offices in some autonomous and municipal communities that year. Country).
The Castilian-Lyon administration has been in the hands of the people since 1987, with the first right-wing president, Jose Maria Aznar, then prime minister. The Socialists were in power only in the first legislature.
Castile and Lyon are the largest of the 17 Spanish autonomous communities of 94,226 square kilometers (greater than Portugal), nine provinces, 2,248 municipalities (less than 1,245 100 inhabitants) and 2.38 million people, with an average age of 49.7. It has lost about 200,000 people in the last 20 years. The unemployment rate is 10.3%, lower than the national average (13.3%). The unofficial regional capital is Valladolid.
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