Eurosceptics rejoice as Vox becomes 3rd most powerful party in Spanish election
Right-wingers across Europe have celebrated the success of Spain’s anti-immigration Vox party which came third in the nationwide election race, doubling its previous number of seats.
A surprise surge in seats for Vox has become one of the biggest talking points of the day after the Spanish right-wing party came in third with 52 seats in the 350-seat parliament, up from 24 in April.
The ruling Socialists gained 120 seats while the conservative People’s Party came in second with 88 seats. Shortly after the results were made public, leaders of like-minded parties from Europe rushed to congratulate Vox and its head, Santiago Abascal, on the huge election results.
Marine le Pen of France’s National Rally, hailed Vox’s “rapid progress” and lauded Abascal “for his impressive opposition work, which is already bearing fruit after only a few years.”
Le mouvement @vox_es réalise ce soir une progression fulgurante à l’occasion des élections législatives en #Espagne.Bravo à son dirigeant @Santi_ABASCAL pour son impressionnant travail d'opposition, qui porte déjà ses fruits après seulement quelques années ! MLP pic.twitter.com/4zO2MzaV4Q— Marine Le Pen (@MLP_officiel) November 10, 2019
Matteo Salvini, leader of Italy’s Lega Nord, uploaded a picture of him and Abascal and used the opportunity to contest accusations of spreading racism that surround both parties.
“Not at all racism and fascism, in Italy – as well as in Spain – we just want to live peacefully in our home” he claimed.
Grande avanzata degli amici di @vox_es, scommetto già pronti titoli di tg e giornali su "vittoria estrema destra, razzisti, sovranisti, fascisti...”.Macché razzismo e fascismo, in Italia come in Spagna vogliamo solo vivere tranquilli in casa nostra.#portichiusi 🇮🇹🇪🇸 #10Npic.twitter.com/hYWL2ovHDp— Matteo Salvini (@matteosalvinimi) November 10, 2019
Vox’s success also garnered a brief congratulations, expressed in Spanish, from Geert Wilders who leads the Netherlands’ Party for Freedom (PVV).
FELICIDADES @Santi_ABASCAL + @vox_es !!! 👍👍👍#eleccionesgenerales10Npic.twitter.com/EMtucoPCiE— Geert Wilders (@geertwilderspvv) November 10, 2019
Although Vox has now established itself as a major right-wing force in Spanish politics, critics note that its agenda remains rather vague.
Earlier Sunday, Abascal promised supporters to create a “patriotic alternative” to the established forces but didn’t expand on that.Also on rt.com Political deadlock again: Neither party gains majority in Spain’s election
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