General Elections in Spain: “Great mobilization against hate speech”.

29.04.2019 - Barcelona, Spain - Javier Belda

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General Elections in Spain: “Great mobilization against hate speech”.

Strong electoral results against the insane dreams of neofascism.

The participation in the general elections of April 28 has exceeded 75% in all of Spain, almost 9 points more than in the 2016 elections. The increase was even more marked in Catalonia, above 76%.

The PSOE wins the general elections. Pedro Sánchez’s party gets 29% of the votes and 123 deputies. With this result, the Socialists have within reach remaining in the Government with a pact that brings together United Podemos and the Catalan and Basque nationalists.

The Popular Party sinks with its candidate Pablo Casado, sponsored by former president Aznar. These are the worst PP results since that party has existed. With respect to 2016 it ceases to be the most voted party, and goes from having 137 seats to having only 66.

The results show a total fragmentation on the right. Citizens rises to 57 deputies compared to 32 until now and Vox achieves 24. Vox, the populist and Francoist ultra-right, bursts in, but without options to form a right-wing coalition that could govern.

The tense, violent, xenophobic and macho speeches have been persistent in the right-wing electoral campaign. They were already so before the campaign, in a particularly acid confrontation against Catalonia. But it is not possible to affirm a clear rejection of this discourse, since Albert Ribera’s  party has grown, achieving third place.

The formation of Pablo Iglesias, together with the confluences, has obtained 42 seats compared to the 71 -with the sum of Compromís- that it obtained in 2016.

As for the Catalan independentistas, ERC reaps 15 deputies and Junts per Catalunya 7. The PNV won 6 seats and EH Bildu won 5.

In reference to the pacts to achieve an absolute majority and form the government, many fear that there could be a pact between PSOE and Ciudadanos, a pact that has been called the “IBEX 35 pact” because of its clear pragmatic connotation in favour of neoliberalism. This pact would turn its back on Podemos and the independentistas, whose results have been spectacular in Catalonia and the Basque Country.

“With Ribera NO!” cheers hundreds of people in front of the headquarters of the PSOE, in the middle of the speech of the winner Pedro Sánchez, to the surprise of the same, who has been forced to say that he will not pact with Ciudadanos..

The underlying question is whether the old Spain will persist in its fictitious and delirious vision of the north of the peninsula, where the Spanishist parties get more and more pronounced residual results.


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