After election in Andalusia, Spain's Socialists were given wake-up call

(MENAFN) Few political wake-up calls are as harsh as the one delivered last week by Spain's Socialist Party in Andalusia's regional election, when a landslide victory for their right-wing arch-rivals, the People's Party (PP), left the country's ruling party looking vulnerable.

The PP held or gained all eight provinces of the old Socialist Party (PSOE) bastion, previously maintaining a shaky minority administration in Andalusia but now able to rule with a historically unprecedented overall majority.

The Socialists' most heinous setback was definitely losing the region, which included Seville, the capital of Andalusia, where they had remained unbroken since democracy was restored in Spain in 1977.

Their overall number of Andalusian MPs in the 109-seat parliament fell to 30, the PSOE's worst-ever showing in a region where they had dominated for more than 30 years until 2018.

As the liberal-leaning El País newspaper wrote it, “It was the hardest of blows, and it went straight to the heart of their stronghold.”


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