11th November 2019
PSOE won the vote in Xàbia after polling
in the 10N General Election was concluded yesterday.
However their support fell against a swing towards the
Partido Popular (PP) and the far-right Vox
party whilst there was also a big gain for the recently-formed
Més Compromís party which supports
Valencian nationalism. And the situation was reflected
across Spain as the left suffered losses against a PP
recovery and a boost in support for the far-right parties.
Although the party of caretaker Prime Minister Pedro
Sánchez won the highest number of seats, his
PSOE party once again fell short of an absolute
majority which means that the country faces further
political deadlock after its fourth general election
in four years.
the 350 seats available in the Congress of Deputies,
the PSOE claimed 120 seats, three less than it
did so in the April 2019 elections, whilst the
PP secured 87 seats, up 21 on six months ago
when it recorded its worst ever result since democracy
was restored to Spain. But it was the far-right Vox
party which gained the most from yesterday's election
when it won 52 seats to become the third-largest party
in the Congress, more than double the number of seats
it won in April 2019, and it has come a long way in
the past year. The coalition Unidas Podemos secured
35 seats, a reduction of 7 on April whilst the centre-right
Ciudadanos (Cs) suffered a huge defeat, losing
more than 40 seats to be left with just 10 and party
leader Albert Rivera resigned in the wake of the disastrous
the wake of the results, Pedro Sánchez has asked
for "generosity" from other parties to break
the stalemate and form a stable government for Spain
but added that "those who sow the rhetoric of hate"
would be excluded form any negotiations, a not-so-subtle
reference to the Vox party whose leader Santiago
Abascal celebrated the success by stating that "we
have told the left that they have no moral superiority". The
PP's Pablo Casado insisted that Sánchez
should stand down as he had "lost his referendum"
whilst Pablo Iglesia, leader of Unidas-Podemos,
claimed that the election had made the far-right in
Spain one of the strongest in Europe, adding that "a
progressive coalition government is now a necessity".