The Spanish People's Party (PP) and Vox are approaching the important regional and municipal electoral appointments on May 28 in a climate of growing contrasts and mutual accusations. The polls will open in as many as 14 of Spain's 17 regions. Voters will be called to cast their votes in Madrid, Valencia, Aragon, Asturias, the Balearic Islands, the Canary Islands, Cantabria, Castile-La Mancha, Estramadura, Murcia, Navarra, La Rioja, Ceuta and Melilla. Among the main cities of the country, the new mayors of Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia and Seville will be elected. The vote, therefore, will be extremely important to draw a concrete political framework in view of the general elections at the end of 2023 where the popular will try to wrest the government from the progressive breakfast led by the Spanish Socialist Workers Party (PSOE) of the president, Pedro Sanchez. However, the tensions between the popular and the sovereign formation led by Santiago Abascal could decisively affect the possibility that the president of the PP, Alberto Nunez Feijoo, can succeed Sanchez at the Moncloa Palace, seat of government. If most of the polls published in recent weeks in Spain see the Popular Party having a more or less marked advantage over the Socialists, no one assigns Feijoo's party the number of seats necessary to be able to form a government on its own.
According to a survey published by the newspaper "El Periodico" on March 6, the PP would obtain between 127 and 130 seats, 46 less for the absolute majority and which could be occupied by Vox. The climate of tension between the two formations has worsened in the last two days. Yesterday the popular abstained in the Congress of Deputies in the motion of no confidence against the president, Pedro Sanchez. This decision was justified by the fact that there weren't the numbers needed to "overthrow" Sanchez and that, contrary to what Vox said, the result was to "reunite an executive in disarray". The government parties took the opportunity of the debate in the Chamber to attack Feijoo for the abstention line, arguing that this demonstrates how the popular parties have by now "linked their political future to the extreme right". In this regard, they recalled that in the previous no-confidence motion of 2020, also presented by Vox, the popular then led by Pablo Casado had opted to vote against. The government spokeswoman, Isabel Rodriguez, underlined that Feijoo's first decision when he became president of the PP a year ago was to support a coalition government with Vox in Castile and Leon and, therefore, "he will continue on this road of cooperation with the extreme right whenever the arithmetic will allow”. Shortly after the failure of the motion, Abascal expressed "concern" about the attitude of the Populars. “They are calling for early elections and do not support the motion. It seems they want to replace Podemos as an ally of the socialists”.
The occasion for a new particularly heated confrontation took place today with the announcement of the president of the Community of Madrid, Isabel Diaz Ayuso, when during the Regional Council he stated that it is "very difficult, practically impossible" to get along with Vox because the party exponents do not understand "that life is made up of nuances, contrasts, different points of view". In this regard, the Madrid leader announced that from now on it is better that "everyone goes her way". Shortly before, in fact, the spokeswoman for Vox in Madrid, Dew Monastery, had confirmed that his formation would not have voted in favor of the tax deductions that the regional government wanted to approve to favor foreign investors because "it benefits those who come from outside and not those who remained in Madrid by enduring the government Sanchez“. “I have the utmost respect for your political background, and I have had it like no other in this House over the past four years, in the most difficult moments even when the hypocrisy of the left, not to mention the ultra-left, has tried to make sure that you didn't have the legitimacy to be in the institutions either ”, Ayuso underlined. Ayuso's position has been publicly defended by the national leader claiming that he "shares and understands" the breakup of the president of the Community of Madrid since Vox would only seek "some electoral gain from anti-politics". In short, a very tense climate that forces the popular parties to work even more intensely in view of the next electoral rounds: emancipating oneself from Vox will not be easy, but it could become necessary if the rift between the two political forces were to widen to such a level that make it impracticable to form a majority for the administrative elections of 28 May and for the policies envisaged in the autumn.
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