Right-wing populist VOX party has entered a Spanish regional parliament for the first time after gaining 11% of the vote and 12 seats in Andalusia on Sunday…apparently remembering how awful living under Islamic rule for 700 years was for their ancestors. The dominant Socialist party’s support appears to have collapsed in the heartland where it has ruled since 1982.
Breitbart (h/t Maria J) VOX has won 12 seats in Spain’s most populous region, according to preliminary results where around 99 per cent of votes have been counted, Reuters reports. In less than three years, VOX has risen from one percent to 11 percent and is now the third-largest party in the Andalusian province of Almería.
VOX was founded in 2013 as an offshoot of the conservative People’s Party by José Antonio Ortega Lara, and the party president is Santiago Abascal (pictured above). Describing itself as Christian democratic, it is pro-life, critical of multiculturalism, and in favour of strong national borders, arguing — like U.S. President Donald Trump — that “a nation without borders is not a nation”.
The small but increasingly popular party, which opposes Catalan independence and has vowed to crack down on Muslim immigration and abortion, exceeded all predictions and could now hold the key to the formation of the next government of the populous southern region.
The results in Andalusia, normally a left-wing stronghold where 20 percent of the country’s population lives, represent a first major gain for right-wing populism in Spain which is currently led by Socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez.
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EuropeElects reports that “The electoral defeat of the centre-left PSOE (S&D) in today’s regional election in Andalusia reflects the downward trend of almost all centre-left, social democratic and socialist parties in Europe.”
Abascal, like right-wing populist Matteo Salvini, has accused NGOs of “acting like taxis,” trafficking third-world migrants to Europe, with Spain becoming a focal point for migrant arrivals from Africa in recent months.
The party’s main objective, it states, is to put “Spaniards First” — another nod to President Trump and his America First philosophy — with party general secretary Ortega Smith telling a rally in October: “Together we will make Spain great again!”
Socialists have governed the southern region since the end of Franco’s rule in 1975, with the Socialists falling short of a majority, gaining only 33 seats in the 109 seat chamber. Of the other parties, the left-wing Podemos is estimated to have only 17 seats, the somewhat right-leaning Ciudadanos 21, and the nominally conservative People’s Party 26.
This means that the left could lose control of the regional parliament without enough allied parties, with Ciudadanos and the People’s Party able to form a union with the backing of VOX and others to gain a functioning majority.
VOX voters are said to have come from both the left and the right, disenfranchised by establishment politics, with one voter telling AFP that Spain was “getting worse” under the Socialists.
What’s more, VOX welcomes the recent decisions of the Prosecutor’s Office and the courts to invalidate the measures adopted by several Spanish municipalities (Gijón, Langreo …) in favor of a cultural, social and economic boycott of Israel. VOX not only condemned the boycott campaigns against Israel, but considers that the ties with Israel must be deepened in all areas. Israel must be treated as it is to any other democracy, without double standards.
Election of Vox Party considered a “political earthquake” in Spain.