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Spain’s conservatives win big in Andalusian election

Spain’s conservative Popular Party (PP) scored a huge election victory Sunday in Spain’s southernmost region, which was historically the Socialists’ biggest stronghold.

The PP won 58 seats, more than the 55 needed for an absolute majority, in what is Spain’s most populous region. The party more than doubled its number of seats from Andalusia’s 2018 election, when they won just 26.

The victory is a major boost for the PP, at the start of an election cycle that is expected to culminate in a general election next year.

Sunday’s result shows support for Juan Manuel Moreno, the conservative regional president, who had been governing Andalusia since 2019 in coalition with the liberal Ciudadanos and support from the far-right Vox. Ciudadanos has now lost all its seats in parliament. Vox won 14 seats, two more than in the last election, but has lost some sway given the PP’s majority.

The Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party (PSOE) had never lost in Andalusia. But this time they captured only 30 seats, three less than in the previous elections.

“The Andalusians have spoken,” said Juan Espadas, leader of the socialists in Andalusia, during his post-results speech Sunday night. “As of tomorrow, I am the head of the opposition.”

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