Spanish Populists to Enter Government for First Time After Regional Deal

Spanish Populists to Enter Government for First Time After Regional Deal

Spanish populist-conservative party VOX is set to enter government in Castile and León following a historic deal with the conservative People’s Party (PP) that will see VOX enter its first government in the party’s history.

Alfonso Fernández Mañueco, head of the PP in Castile and León, announced on Thursday that his party had come to a deal with VOX to form the next regional government, saying the parties had reached an agreement “that allows a stable and solid government with full respect for the constitutional order and the Statute of Autonomy of Castile and León.”

Juan García-Gallardo, who headed the VOX campaign in the region, confirmed the deal stating, “We celebrate today a sensible agreement, without winners or losers. Together, with a desire for dialogue and agreement, let us make a useful legislature for the citizens. Serving Castile and León must be our way of serving Spain.”

The agreement comes weeks after the regional election in Castile and León, which was held on February 13th and saw VOX surge from just a single regional seat with 5.5 per cent of the vote in the last election in 2019, to 17.6 per cent of the vote and 13 seats.

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The breakthrough is just the latest for the Spanish populist party, which has gone from polling at less than one per cent in the 2016 national elections, to polling as the second-largest party in Spain in some recent polls this year.

VOX has also made strategic alliances with other conservative and populist parties across Europe and the Americas, with leader Santiago Abascal recently hosting a conference in Madrid attended by Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, and French presidential hopeful Marine Le Pen.

In the Americas, Abascal has been a driving force behind the anti-communist Madrid Charter, which has also been signed by Italian Brothers of Italy (FdI) firebrand leader Giorgia Meloni, and Brazilian MP Eduardo Bolsonaro, son of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro.

The signatories of the charter affirm that “the advance of communism poses a serious threat to the prosperity and development of our nations, as well as to the freedoms and rights of our compatriots,” and commits to the rule of law, democracy and freedom.

Santiago Abascal, leader of Spanish populist party VOX, met with Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro to discuss a common front against communism, saying patriots across the Atlantic should be united. https://t.co/mKsF7bz5yo

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