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Right first but without a majority, Sanchez creates the surprise…the point on the ballot

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Surprise in Spain: while all opinion polls gave the left of the Socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez a loss in the legislative elections on Sunday, July 23, the latter succeeded in limiting the gains of the right-wing opposition and retained the chance to remain in power, against all odds, thanks to the game of alliances. On the right, disbelief reigns. “Lopes” assesses.

Oath first, but without a majority

With more than 99% of the votes counted, Alberto Núñez Figo’s People’s Party (PP) took 136 of the 350 total seats in the Chamber of Deputies and the far-right party Vox, its only potential ally, 33 seats.

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Spain is in danger from the far right

Thus, the People’s Party won 47 more seats than in the previous elections, in 2019, but was far from the 150 seats that Alberto Núñez Figo had aspired to. Above all, PP and Vox, which lost ground compared to the last ballot, have a total of only 169 seats, while the absolute majority is fixed at 176.

The Socialist Party (PSOE) Pedro Sánchez has only 122 deputies and Sumar, his radical left-wing ally, with 31 deputies.

Sanchez is in a better position to form a government

Despite this delay in voting, Pedro Sanchez, who has been in power for five years, is ironically in a better position than his conservative rival and can hope to stay in power, because he has the potential to gain the support of independent parties, for which Fox is a concern.

“The reactionary bloc of the People’s Party and Fox has been defeated.”He went to the militant socialists who had gathered in front of his party headquarters. “There are many of us who want Spain to keep going”is completed.

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But Alberto Núñez Figo, 61, declared the winner. PP “won the election”He dashed off the balcony of the party’s headquarters, affirming his resolve “to form a government” And he asks the socialists not to do so “to obscure” Such a government.

Alberto Núñez Viejo shows his desire to rule as the winner of the elections, but without an absolute majority, he will need to abstain, during the vote for the inauguration of Parliament, from the Socialists, who probably will not give it to him.

It seems that Pedro Sanchez is in fact able to collect 172 deputies on his behalf, more than the leader of the People’s Party, provided that the party of Catalan separatist Carles Puigdemont does not vote against him. Enough is enough for him during a second vote for Parliament, as only a simple majority is required.

On Monday, the candidates will have to start negotiations in order to avoid a deadlock and hold a new ballot, while Spain has already seen four general elections between 2015 and 2019.

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Poker move from Sanchez

Pedro Sánchez had called these elections after the defeat of the left in local elections at the end of May, campaigning fearing the entry of the Fox government, which already leads three of the country’s 17 regions with the People’s Party, in order to mobilize voters on the left.

A strategy that appears to be paying off, with turnout close to 70%, or 3.5 points more than in the previous election in November 2019.

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Alberto Núñez Figo, famous for his last year at the helm of the People’s Party, missed his mark, and it was he who campaigned throughout the year. “cancellation of sanchism” Pedro Sanchez, whom the right accuses of crossing red lines, notably by pardoning Catalan separatists convicted of attempting secession in 2017 or by negotiating in Parliament the support of the Basque Bildou party, heir to ETA’s political bid, to adopt his reforms.

While polls gave him a clear winner, the person with the image of a political moderate may have paid the price for his ambiguous strategy toward the far right, but also for a series of blunders that marked the end of his campaign, between boycotting a televised debate, stumbling over the issue of pensions, and the resurgence of accusations and questions about his close, not drug-related connections in the 1990s.

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