by Sam Jones, The GuardianDecember 2018

The far-right Vox party took 12 seats in the Andalucían regional election on Sunday, becoming the first such group to triumph at the ballot box since Spain’s return to democracy after the death of Francisco Franco in 1975.

The small but increasingly vocal party, which opposes Catalan independence and has vowed to crack down on immigration and abortion, exceeded all predictions and could now hold the key to the formation of the next government of the populous southern region.

While the Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party (PSOE) won the election, taking 33 of the 109 seats in the regional parliament, its support collapsed in the heartland it has ruled since 1982.

Even with the support of the Podemos-led Adelante Andalucía coalition, which won 17 seats, the PSOE would still be short of the 55 seats needed for a majority in the regional parliament.

The conservative People’s Party took 26 seats on Sunday, while the centre-right Ciudadanos party won 21. Were the two rightwing parties to join forces with Vox, they would jointly command a majority, with 59 seats. Click To Tweet
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