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 Prognoses algemene verkiezingen infographic
Graphic shows projection of seats in the Spanish parliament, according to a poll carried out by Ipsos for La Vanguardia newspaper.


Speels Spaans extreem-rechts kingmaker in verkiezingen?

By Jordi Bou

June 23, 2023 - As Spaniards prepare to vote in a snap election, polls suggest the conservative People’s Party will win more votes than the ruling Socialists in the general election, but will need the help of the far-right Vox party to form a government.

Socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez was forced to bring forward Spain’s general election after regional and local elections held on May 28 saw the mainstream right-wing Partido Popular party (PP) make huge nationwide gains.

While polls indicate that the PP will again be Spain’s most-voted party come July’s general election, they also consistently show the PP will not capture an overall majority of parliamentary seats – likely making Vox the first far-right party since Franco’s dictatorship to enter the national government.

The rise of Vox is part of an increasing trend across Europe of hard-right parties surging in popularity and, in some cases, gaining power by entering governments as junior partners.

PUBLISHED: 11/07/2023; STORY: Graphic News