Celebration of the results at the headquarters of the PP, in Madrid, Spain. (Photo: Javier Soriano / AFP)

By Victor Farinelli

The municipal and regional elections that took place this Sunday (28/05) in Spain had two winners, both from the right-wing sector.

The Popular Party (PP), the most traditional party of the Spanish right, and Vox, representative of the extreme right, ended the electoral day with a significant number of votes, much higher than that achieved in the previous election, held in 2019.

In the case of elections for autonomous communities, the big winner was the PP.

Of the 12 communities [de um total de 17 em toda a Espanha] who held their election this Sunday, the PP won in 7: Aragón, Baleares, Cantabria, Murcia, Valencia and the Community of Madrid.

The most important victories were in La Rioja, Aragón, Baleares and Valencia, which were governed by the Socialist Workers Party of Spain (PSOE), the same as President Pedro Sánchez.

The victory in the Community of Madrid is also very significant, where the PP elected Isabel Díaz Ayuso in 2019, with a small margin and thanks to a controversial alliance with other right-wing parties. [não só o Vox como também o ultraliberal Ciudadanos, espécie de Partido Novo da Espanha].

Pedro Sánchez, Prime Minister of Spain. (Photo: reproduction)

This time, the PP alone obtained an absolute majority of votes, without the need for alliances, which strengthens Ayuso’s figure at the national level.

For its part, the PSOE maintained the government of the communities of Asturias, Castilla, Extremadura and the Canary Islands.

In the case of the community of Navarra, another defeat of the PSOE, which lost the local government, not to the PP, but to the Union of the People of Navarra (UPN), a right-wing regionalist party.

municipal elections

In the case of municipal disputes, another significant triumph of the PP, which conquered the main cities of the country, including Almeria, Cádiz, Málaga, Seville and Zaragoza.

Another important election for the right was Barcelona. Not thanks to the PP, but to the Junts, a party that defends Catalan independence, which elected Xavier Trias, a former mayor who returns to power after eight years in the government of Ada Colau, a symbol of the progressive party Unidas Podemos.

It is worth mentioning that this Sunday’s election marked a significant defeat of the parties born from the Indignados movement: both Unidas Podemos [esquerda] as for Ciudadanos [direita] significantly reduced their number of votes, and were left with less than a million each in the national tally.

The PP was the party that collected the most votes on the day, surpassing 7 million, much more than the 5.1 million obtained in 2019. Vox doubled the number of votes from four years ago, when it obtained 800 thousand votes, by taking more than 1.6 million this Sunday.

For its part, the PSOE registered a small drop in its vote, 6.3 million votes in 2023, against 6.7 achieved in 2019.

The scenario shown in these regional and municipal elections shows a very complex panorama for a left that will have just a few months to prepare for the general elections, when it will need to maintain the power conquered four years ago and re-elect Sánchez, in the dispute against the leader of the PP, Senator Alberto Núñez Feijoo.

The date of these elections has not yet been stipulated. The Central Electoral Board of Spain (JEC) is expected to announce, in the coming weeks, on which Sunday in November or December 2023 the election will be held.

Originally posted in Brasil de Fato

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