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The Guardian view on Spain's election: progressive parties must unite to defeat the far right | Editorial

Posted On: 11 Nov 2019   |   Posted By: The Guardian

The xenophobic nationalists of Vox made disturbing progress in Spain's fourth election in as many years There was one major beneficiary of Sunday's inconclusive election in Spain, but it was not Pedro Sánchez, the Socialist prime minister. Mr Sánchez hoped a fourth poll in as many years might finally deliver him the numbers to break a debilitating deadlock in parliament. Instead, the Socialist Workers' party emerged as the largest party once again, but lost three seats and must enter yet more tortured negotiations with other parties in order to find a way to govern. The real celebrations of Sunday evening took place at the headquarters of Vox, a far-right nationalist party. Vox increased its share of the vote to 15.1%, won 52 seats and became the third-biggest party in Spain. Its leader, Santiago Abascal, told cheering supporters that the results meant “a patriotic alternative has been consolidated in Spain”, and called for “the restoration of national unity with the application of direct rule in Catalonia”....

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