Anti-LGBT party unexpectedly succeed in Spanish election

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The far-right Vox party won just over 10 percent of the vote in Spain’s general election. Vox will take 24 of the Congress of Deputies’ 350 seats following the Spanish election, held last Sunday, and this is the first time as the far-right party goes so far since the death of General Francisco Franco in 1975. The incumbent Socialist Workers’ Party (PSOE) won the most votes but just 123 seats, putting it 53 short of an overall majority. Now they are able to form a coalition government which is likely to be supported by the anti-austerity Unidas Podemos and a few minor regional and nationalist parties. While the chances of Vox forming part of that coalition are slim, the party’s leader Santiago Abascal found cause to celebrate as the results came in. Founded just five years ago as an offshoot of the conservative Popular Party, Vox has risen to prominence on a wave of nationalist populism. It made its first real breakthrough in December 2018, when it won 12 seats in the Andalusian regional election.

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