Spain returns to the polls for the fourth time in 4 years | Sanchez's appeal: "Let's stop the ultra-right"

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And it is by leveraging the anger against the Catalan separatists, after the violent protests in October and the prison sentences imposed on the separatist leaders, that the ultra-nationalist Vox deployment has seen the polls predict the doubling of its seats in Parliament (currently 24). It could thus become the third political force in the country.

In a sign of its strengthening, Vox obtained Thursday the support of the conservatives of the Popular and Liberal Party of Ciudadanos for the parliamentary approval of the Madrid region of a symbolic motion with which to ban all the independence parties. Vox was almost unknown until 2018, but in the elections of last April he entered Parliament in the greatest victory of the extreme right since the end of the Franco dictatorship in 1975.

"If the Spaniards support us, we will not hesitate to suspend the autonomy" of Catalonia, "ban the independence parties and retreat Quim Torra", the Catalan separatist president, said Vox leader Santiago Abascal, closing the election campaign on Friday in Madrid. And if on Sunday there will be new clashes in Catalonia, your party could benefit from it further.

THE surveys predict that the xenophobic, anti-feminist, anti-LGBT and anti-European alignment will get about 50 out of 350 seats. The outgoing socialist prime minister has thus attempted to mobilize the electorate of the left, asking him to "face Francoism" and denouncing alliances with conservatives. According to the political scientist Miguel Requena Teruel the fear of the rise of Vox is, in reality, shared on the right and on the left.

The polls predict that the PP will raise its head after the April collapse (66 deputies), while the big loser could be Ciudadanos, which does not stop confusing the electorate by changing its positions. Sanchez gave the winner again, but should not come out stronger, while he hoped to get more than the 123 seats he had in April. It was the PSOE's inability to reach an agreement with Unidas Podemos (which is now in decline, which could now be the fourth force) to lead to new elections.

THE'instability policyin short, it seems destined not to end yet for Spain: neither the left bloc (socialist and radical left), nor the right bloc (PP, Vox, Ciudadanos) seem able to reach a majority with which to govern.



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