Spain’s Conservative People’s Party won a landslide victory in a by-election in Madrid on Tuesday – doubling its vote to inflict a humiliating defeat on the country’s ruling Socialists and demanding the resignation of the leader of the far-left Podemos party.
The result is a personal victory Isabel Diaz Ayuso, The PP chief of the Madrid region who called the election, although he will have to rely on the support of the hard-right Vox party.
This is a huge boost for Spain’s main opposition party, the PP, following the recent catastrophe, including the worst results in the history of the 2012 general election and the gain of only 4 percent of the vote in the regional elections. Catalonia In February
In contrast, the night was a disaster for Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez and his Socialists, whose votes slipped 10 percentage points to the back of a far-left party called More Madrid.
Daj Ayuso, who promotes the “independence” slogan, has repeatedly clashed with the socialist-led national government over the Koron virus policy, imposed some restrictions compared to other countries in the country, and kept the region’s hospitality industry open for months.
In his victory speech on Tuesday night, he said Sanchez’s days in power were “counted.”
“Madrid has won independence today; Tomorrow, it will win all over Spain, “added Pablo Cassado, the PP’s national leader.
The election also marks the end of his political career Pablo Iglesias, The leader of the extremist left Podemos grouping, who resigned as deputy prime minister in the National Alliance to run for Madrid – but came in fifth.
On Tuesday night, marking the results as a “tragedy”, Iglesias said he was leaving politics in all his positions.
In the greater Madrid region of a population of 6.6 million, 99 per cent of the votes were counted, with the PP gaining 4.7..7 per cent – 22 per cent of the points – compared to the previous election in 2014 – about 1.17 per cent. With that, the PP has little majority in the 136-member regional assembly.
The PP has been trying to tear the Spaniards to pieces in recent years, and most support for the fall of the centralist Ciudadans party will increase. Its former coalition partner failed to set a 5 percent door for representation.
PP, however, remained dependent on Vox, which immediately pledged to support Dodge Ayuso.
Many analysts argued that the importance of the Spanish region in the country’s decentralized system of government, Madrid’s role as the country’s economic powerhouse, and Sanchez’s close involvement in the campaign would have far-reaching consequences for the nation.
As soon as the results came out on Tuesday night, the public sang and danced outside the PP headquarters and celebrated what they described as a catastrophic defeat for Sanchez and his minority government.
The vote comes at a critical time, with Spain’s coronavirus restrictions lifted on Sunday in line with national emergency regulations, and the Sanchez government plans to spend 140 billion. EU Recovery Fund, And the possibility that other regional elections – for example Andalusia – could lead to the success of PP’s Gambit.
“Sanchez is in a very bad position,” said Nacho Torblanka of the European Council on Foreign Relations. “The Socialists could not win the vote from Ciudadanos or the Left. . . The question now is whether Sanchez will be able to manage Podemos’ deadweight, depending on everything in the EU fund. ”
The Socialists first came to power in 2019 in a previous Madrid poll, but were unable to form an alliance. On Tuesday night, Jose Luis Oblos, a veteran socialist leader, said the results were “disappointing but not a reflection of the whole of Spain.”
By 7 p.m., turnout was close to 70 percent, and long queues at polling stations across the region were high.