The Spanish Conservatives achieved a huge victory in southern Andalusia

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BARCELONA, Spain – Traditional Spanish conservatives won a landslide victory in southern Andalusia on Sunday, claiming an absolute majority in the legislature, which will save it from the need for far-right support to govern the country’s most populous region.

With 95% of the vote counted, the People’s Party, led by Juanma Moreno, will retain its regional presidency of the Andalusian government, securing 57 seats in the regional parliament, two more than the 55 needed for an absolute majority. That’s more than just 26 seats won in 2018, when Moreno came to power through a coalition that ended three decades of socialist rule.

The command victory will ensure that Moreno does not have to rely on the far-right Vox party, which has said it will support Moreno if given a share of government.

Moreno has led a center-right coalition government for the past four years after right-wing parties ended 36 years of Andalusian Socialist rule.

Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez’s Socialists failed to return and fell from 33 seats in 2018 to 31.

More than 6,600,000 people had the right to vote in the election, which the People’s Party hopes will be a signal of what lies ahead in the national elections to be held before the end of 2023.

Sanchez will now be under even more pressure as his government struggles to cope with the impact of rampant inflation that threatens to hamper the pandemic’s economic recovery.

Vox hoped to become a determining force in the region, where it won its first legislature, but could only increase its 12 seats from 2018 to 14 now.

The center-right Citizens party, a younger member of Moreno’s government, continued to disintegrate as a political force in Spain after failing to win a seat four years after taking 21.

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