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Spanish PM Calls Early General Election After Elections Defeat

  • Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, May, 2023.

    Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, May, 2023. | Photo: Twitter/ @kmldial70

Published 29 May 2023

On Sunday, far-right and conservative organizations like the People's Party emerged victorious in elections for 12 regional governments and over 8,000 city halls.

On Monday, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez called a general election for the country on July 23.


PP Wins Local and Regional Elections in Spain

Sanchez announced his decision following the defeat of the Spanish Socialist Party (PSOE) to the People's Party (PP) in the elections for 12 regional governments and over 8,000 city halls.

"I have communicated to the Head of State (King Felipe VI) the decision to call a Council of Ministers this afternoon to dissolve Parliament and proceed to call a general election," Sanchez said.

He said he had taken his decision in "the face" of the results, adding he believed it was the "best for the Spanish people to be able to give their decision and define the political future of this country without delay."

In the regional and municipal votes on Sunday, the right-wing PP won 31.5 percent of the vote, whereas PSOE gained 28.11 percent. Meanwhile, the far-right Vox party saw its votes almost doubled compared to the 2019 local elections.

The People's Party has also won the city hall in Valencia, Zaragoza, and Seville, which has long been considered a socialist stronghold.

On Sunday night, the PP leader, Alberto Nunez Feijoo, celebrated his party's victory in the regional and municipal votes, calling it a "the start of a new political era."


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