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The historic triumph of the PP in Andalusia and the failure of the PSOE and its partners opens a new political cycle in Spain

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The Socialists do not use Sánchez’s measures, Vox’s option to condition the PP is watered down and Díaz’s experiment does not work


The historic triumph of today’s Popular Party in the Andalusian elections, which Ciudadanos once again took over in the regional elections, increases Alberto Núñez Feijóo’s ability to try to change the political cycle in Spain without having to count on Vox. All this in the face of a PSOE that failed today and failed to take advantage of the government’s social measures to mitigate the effects of the war, and a left that paid for the disunity despite staging a rehearsal of the new Yolanda Díaz project.

This shift in the balance of power that has taken place today in Andalusia, where the PP has won an absolute majority in this autonomous community for the first time since the dawn of democracy, may shape the future of politics in Spain. Not surprisingly, Andalusia, which has been the big catch for socialist voters, is a good laboratory for the national scene with 6.6 million voters.

This is the first election to be held with Alberto Núñez Feijóo at the helm of the Popular Party, and one of the possible consequences of Juanma Moreno’s landslide victory could be to speed up the new “People’s” leader’s alternative to Pedro Sánchez and a change of the political cycle in Spain.

If the elections of the Community of Madrid on May 4th, 2021 showed that the PP can govern without the need for Vox, today’s result is the confirmation that this possibility after the absolute majority of Juanma Moreno, which will not even be necessary abstaining from those of Abascal.

This result also confirms that the reunification of the center around the People’s Party is still taking place. And this is shown by two facts: the taking over of the votes of Ciudadanos – as already happened in Madrid – who lost their 21 seats, and the stab of Vox in this autonomous community.

Abascal’s party has added two seats to 14 from the 12 it achieved in 2018, but the truth is that it has also lost 7 points compared to the 20.61 it received in the November 2019 general election . In fact, the warning to Macarena Olona in the last televised debate that if the PP needed a single vote from Vox, Juanma Moreno would have to put her in the government, has had the opposite effect to what they intended and the right vote was mainly concentrated in the PP.

For the PSOE, this match in Andalusia followed the defeats of their counterparts in Madrid and Castilla y León. It did not collapse as it did in Madrid, but it has again achieved its worst record in Andalusia, losing two of the 33 seats won by Susana Díaz, already the worst result for the Socialists in this autonomous community.

The Andalusian socialists failed to capitalize on the measures taken by Pedro Sánchez’s government against inflation and the consequences of the war in Ukraine, nor on the promises made by the executive at the beginning and in the middle of the election campaign. This began with an announcement by the second vice president of 50 million to alleviate unemployment in Andalusia, followed by another, by Pedro Sánchez, at a rally with Espadas, a health bill banning privatizations.

All these measures and promises have not been translated into votes, and just as the citizens of Madrid punished the executive’s decisions during confinement and the first year of the pandemic, the Andalusians have now also punished the executive’s actions.

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Source europapress.es

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