Nobody can believe that at PP. like Check progress Spirits were being darkened. “Up to 60% isn’t worrisome. From there it gets ugly,” Barron noted when the first signs began that the night wasn’t looking good. Nothing was as expected. The party has come to a comfortable win amount with Vox secured, all of its members have told them. tracking internally throughout the campaign, but as scrutiny developed, the idea began to dissipate. Alberto Núñez Viejo, who just a week before the election said privately that he had seen the PPP’s absolute majority as possible, suddenly saw How did their expectations disappear? The People’s Party wins the election, but does not have an outright majority with the far right, the only passport La Moncloa had insurance for: the Popular won 136 seats and the Vox, 33, leaving them seven seats short of the outright majority needed for inauguration on the first ballot. Despite this, Feijóo claimed his right to rule. “The Spaniards have given us confidence. They have informed all parties of the dialogue. As the candidate of the party with the most votes, I believe it is my duty to open this dialogue to try to govern our country,” he stated from the balcony of the People’s Party headquarters.
He said from the balcony of the People’s Party headquarters on Madrid’s Calle de Genova, almost in a scream and with a twisted face, that Figo would cling to the fact that it was the list with the most votes to defend that they should let him rule. “With all humility, but with all determination, I take the responsibility of trying to form a government according to the will of the majority at the ballot box,” the People’s Party leader defended. “I solemnly request that no one be tempted to blockade Spain again. The anomaly that the most voted party in Spain cannot rule is only a blockade as an alternative,” he stressed. Later, Feijóo urged the PSOE to Abstain. I ask the permission of the party that won the election. I expressly ask the Socialist Workers Party and the rest of the parliamentary forces not to block Spain again. But the spirit among his assembled supporters left no room for doubt. They chanted “Let Txapote vote for you!”. “Ayusu, Ayusu!” They shouted at the same time: “Oh, oh, Viejo to la Moncloa,” in equal distance says it all.
PP sticks to accounts that are nearly impossible to achieve simultaneously with the upvote of Vox, PNV, the Canary Islands Alliance, and UPN. Sources from the People’s Party leader’s team admitted to Late Night that they found it harder to get a free vote from Vox than from PNV.
However, some famous barons put forward another scenario: repeat elections. “The blockade and new elections. There are elections in Catalonia and the Catalan parties will not support the national parties,” said a senior president of the People’s Party who saw new elections on the horizon.
It was the night of a heart attack at PP. “We will suffer,” one of the leaders admitted when the audit had yet to begin. “My God, how strange I see it all,” another noted as the count progressed. The expectations were clearly different, as indicated by the first statement of the Secretary General of the People’s Party, Koca Jamara, after half past eight at PP headquarters, before the countdown began. “It’s going to be a good election night,” Ofana said. “We are honestly happy.” Everything went wrong soon after.
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The result is far below expectations. Feijóo did not expect less than 150 seats and aimed to achieve 168 MPs to try to govern alone. At the top they made it clear that dropping below 150 was a bad number. “With 140, we’re screwed,” summed up a tenacious leader of the far-right cabinet seat, but he always believed that the sum with Vox gave a sufficient majority to oust Pedro Sanchez from power. However, the momentum of PP in Madrid and Andalusia, where 2019 results were nearly doubled, or in Valencian Community, was not enough to offset poor results in Catalonia or the Basque Country.
Some sources close to Feijóo feared a siege scenario in the last days. The People’s Party leader has spent the entire past week warning that, even if he wins the election, the left could be in a position to reconfigure the government. “Those who are going to lose the Champions League are more willing to say that they are more than the winners. It’s a fake Champions League, as always,” warned Figo at Friday’s campaign closing rally in La Coruña.
Nobody really knows what happened. Famous people have been defending in private for months that pacts with the alt-right haven’t punished them, and that Vox has been “turned off” and isn’t as scary anymore. After the result, the leadership began to assume that it had not analyzed well the impact of the agreement with the far right. “Fox pollutes,” recognized member of the People’s Leadership. “You should never lose a position,” echoed the voice of a Genoese veteran.
The troubles began in the pre-campaign period, marked by PP’s agreements with Vox. Popular governments closed two coalition governments with the far right, one very fast – the Community of Valencia – and another slower – Extremadura – with Figo defending both agreements, convinced that they wore nothing out and that the socialist leader was punished more for his alliances. Sanchez gets a lot of disapproval. You don’t bring that up in a campaign,” they emphasized in the People’s Leadership, not analyzing the strength of the SWP well.
But the end of the campaign was fateful. Except for the debate against Sanchez, which Figo won, all went well. The leader of the People’s Party became embroiled in a cycle of false statements – “inaccuracies”, according to his words – and de-facto of his friendship three decades ago with drug trafficker Marcial Dorado, which he ended up rationalizing because he was a “smuggler”. Then leave the chair empty in the debate for four. “The left mobilized last week,” one Baron summed up about the unexpected twist in the script that they hadn’t seen in the PP. Now everything will be reviewed.
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