ER Editor: Socialist Pedro Sanchez has managed to retain power and Spaniards are furious. Elections were held in late July on a snap basis; Sanchez’ socialist party came SECOND, behind the PP popular right party. Here was the outcome (source) —
On July 23, 2023, the Kingdom of Spain (rated “A” with a Stable trend) held general elections, the results of which were inconclusive and do not offer at this stage clear paths for government formation for either the center-right Popular Party (PP) or the center-left Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party (PSOE). Alberto Núñez Feijóo’s PP came out ahead in the elections with 33.1% of the votes, followed by Pedro Sánchez’s PSOE with 31.7%, Santiago Abascal’s far-right Vox with 12.4%, and Yolanda Diaz’s leftist bloc Sumar Party with 12.3%. Regional and nationalist parties won the remaining seats in parliament and could be the deciding factors in forming the next government. Neither the combination of PP-Vox nor of PSOE-Sumar managed to obtain an absolute majority in Congress (176 out of 350 seats).
The Guardian had the results visually from the July 23 vote.
But Sanchez ended up with an absolute majority and was sworn in as President on November 17 (17?). How? The Spanish public have taken to the streets. Notice the first tweet below mentions election rigging.
Some tweets —
🚨🇪🇸 Madrid, Spain
Estimates of up to a million people protesting in Madrid & the Socialist Government despite not winning the recent election in July23, have remained in power, amidst rigged election reports.
Spaniards won’t accept this. Just another example of a WEF… pic.twitter.com/CyMrTOv7Mw
— Concerned Citizen (@BGatesIsaPyscho) November 18, 2023
IT’S STILL HAPPENING
The people of Spain gather for massive anti-socialist protests for the 12th consecutive day 🇪🇸pic.twitter.com/DmKijbbkxo
— PeterSweden (@PeterSweden7) November 15, 2023
NOW – Mass protest against socialist PM Sánchez in Madrid, Spain. pic.twitter.com/UQLNkhkSYC
— Disclose.tv (@disclosetv) November 18, 2023
More than 1 million people have gathered in Madrid to protest against PM Sanchez decision to issue and amnesty to the separatist and form a government with their help
Things are boiling in Spain and international media completely ignores it 🇪🇸 pic.twitter.com/cmbmLBhDaK
— Visegrád 24 (@visegrad24) November 18, 2023
SPAIN – Protests on the streets of cities continue, as citizens refuse to accept Sanchez’ attempt to stay in power by giving amnesty to the separatists & aligning with globalist agendas.
Anything to stay in power 🔥 pic.twitter.com/jTNPiFDe4Y
— Elander & the News (@ElanderNews) November 14, 2023
It’s 30 minutes long but well worth listening to.
Is Spain a preview for what’s going to happen in the rest of the West? Tucker refers to the recent shooting in the face (he survived) of the aging founder of the Vox Party, Alejo Vidal-Quadras. Here’s the story from Reuters — Former Catalan politician shot in face in Madrid
At 13 minutes, Tucker mentions Soros. Wokeism, mass migration, globalism, the Catholic Church and the mass murder of Spanish Christians 100 years ago all get discussed.
Ep. 40 Spain’s descent into tyranny seems eerily familiar. Opposition leader Santiago Abascal is one of the few people standing up to it. We traveled to Madrid to talk to him.
1:11 Santiago Abascal
2:23 The end of democracy in Spain
8:43 “Are you ready to go to jail… pic.twitter.com/fE4zrYrqAC
— Tucker Carlson (@TuckerCarlson) November 17, 2023
It began as an insult.
For years, conservative critics of Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez contemptuously referred to him as Perro Sanxe — a deliberate mispronunciation of his name that translates as “Sánchez the dog.”
The barb irked the Socialist politician’s supporters, who said it showed a lack of respect not only for Sánchez, but for the office of the prime minister itself.
But rather than fight back, the canny politician chose to embrace his derogatory nickname.
During a bitterly fought election campaign in the heat of the summer, Sánchez turned the “dog” slur to his advantage in a tactic to win the youth vote. Analysts now say that say helped him cling on to power against all the odds.
On Thursday, Spain’s parliament confirmed Sanchez as prime minister at the head of a new minority coalition. It was a remarkable turnaround for a leader who was dismissed four months earlier as a burden on his party.
“Pedro is a tremendously competitive and determined person,” Socialist lawmaker Óscar Puente, one of the prime minister’s oldest allies, told POLITICO.
Puente, whose friendship with Sánchez dates back to a time when both were unelected party members, said the prime minister had been personally “affected” by his party’s disastrous showing in last May’s local and regional elections, in which the Socialists lost their hold on key regions and nearly every major city.
Rather than dwell on the defeat, however, Sánchez took a huge gamble and called snap elections. It was a move, Puente said, that reflects a politician who is in equal parts “audacious” and “very analytical.”
Sánchez’s gamble was vindicated on election day. The Popular Party won the most votes but underperformed and was left with no path to form a government.
“The election was conditioned by the Popular Party’s deals with Vox and Feijóo’s mistakes,” said Simón. “But also by a Socialist candidate who was prepared to make the most of them.”
Once the results were in, Sánchez pounced on his potential coalition partners. To remain in power, he would need to secure the support of a plethora of other groups in the hung parliament — among them, the Catalan separatist Junts party.
Many thought their support would be unobtainable.
The group’s de facto leader, exiled former Catalan president Carles Puigdemont, is still pursued by Spanish authorities for his role in the failed 2017 independence referendum. Initially, he appeared uninterested in helping to break the political deadlock in Madrid.
But Sánchez persisted, and eventually obtained the group’s crucial backing — in exchange for providing a radical and controversial amnesty for Catalan separatists.
But the deal has split Spain, with thousands taking to the streets in protest. It has also attracted international attention, with the Socialists’ political opponents accusing Sánchez of damaging the rule of law in Spain and threatening to intervene.
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