The national leadership of the PP directed by Pablo Casado has celebrated tonight with "bittersweet flavor" his growth of 22 seats in the elections this Sunday for the rise of Vox, which remains 36 seats of the 'popular' and is consolidated as Third political force. Although the PP already predicted a rise in Vox, he has admitted his bewilderment at the fact that the Santiago Abascal party manages to overcome half a hundred seats.
In addition, Vox has won the PP in votes in Murcia, has taken the sole seat of Melilla and has also surpassed it in Almería, Cádiz, Sevilla, Huelva, Guadalajara, Tarragona and Gerona, although in the two Catalan provinces neither has achieved deputy.
Casado has raised 22 seats in these elections by passing from 66 to 88 deputies – 20.81% of the votes and just over five million votes – but it is far from the expectations that had been marked, since it fails to exceed the barrier of one hundred seats. In the final stretch of the campaign, the PP leader himself pointed to a "technical tie" with the PSOE, which has returned to be first force although with three seats less than in the April generals.
In fact, the president of the PP has assured that Sanchez has "failed" because he called the elections to achieve more seats and has not succeeded. That said, he has indicated that now "the ball is on the roof" of the socialist candidate and will wait to see what he poses to act responsibly, without closing the door to take a step forward.
"We are going to see now what Pedro Sánchez poses and then we will exercise our responsibility because Spain can no longer remain blocked," Casado said in a message not exempt from a certain ambiguity. In addition, he said that the PP will be "very demanding" with the PSOE because Spain can not "wait any longer and can not be held hostage to its partisan interests."
This has been pronounced at the edge of midnight in a speech before a hundred sympathizers and militants, on the platform that the PP has mounted in front of its headquarters, in Madrid street Genoa 13, to assess the election results. He has been accompanied by the president of the Community of Madrid, Isabel Díaz Ayuso, the mayor of the capital, José Luis Martínez Almeida, his number two on the Madrid list, Ana Pastor, the general secretary of the party, Teodoro García Egea, and numerous members of the 'popular' leadership.
MARRIED, "CENTER-RIGHT LEADER"
Sources from the PP dome have taken chest from their growth emphasizing that the Spanish have rewarded a Popular Party that "provides solutions", while highlighting that Casado is "the only way to solve Sánchez." Moreover, they have added that citizens have valued at the polls their "seriousness, firmness and sense of state."
In addition, the same sources have wanted to make it clear that Casado is the "undisputed leader of the center-right", thus marking distances with Santiago Abascal, who steps on the heels of the 'popular' in many constituencies and even surpasses them in key feuds of the PP as Murcia, land of the general secretary of the party and director of the campaign committee, Teodoro García Egea.
Other party sources consulted by Europa Press have valued the growth of the PP but have lamented the "fracture" of the center-right, given that the 88 seats of the PP and the 52 dee Vox now total 140 seats, a figure very close to the 137 seats that Mariano Rajoy had in the elections of June 2016. "A difficult situation to manage", summarizes another position of the party before the electoral fragmentation.
REASON FOR NOT ACHIEVING SCORES IN EUSKADI
At the headquarters of the PP they have not hidden their unease at the fact that, once again, the PP has not achieved a seat in the Basque Country. In the April generals, the exalcade of Vitoria and then Deputy Secretary of Organization, Javier Maroto, failed to win a seat in Álava for just 300 votes and that act went to Bildu. On this occasion, Mari Mar Blanco – sister of the mayor killed by ETA – has also failed to enter the Lower House.
The comeback of the PP has also been marred by the rise of Vox in several Andalusian provinces, where it is ahead of the 'popular' in Almería, Cádiz, Seville and Huelva. In Castilla y León, another of the fiefdoms governed by the 'popular', those of Abascal achieve representation for the first time with six seats.
The PP has managed to recover positions in Madrid, another of the communities in which it governs, going from 7 to 10 seats. In this autonomy, Vox also grows strongly – which allowed Isabel Díaz Ayuso president to invest – because it goes from five to seven seats.
In Catalonia, PP and Vox have achieved two seats each in Barcelona, although in Tarragona and Gerona the Abascal party wins in votes to the popular. On the contrary, in Galicia, a feud led by Alberto Núñez Feijóo, the PP does come out reinforced by raising one more seat while neither Vox nor Ciudadanos achieve representation.
THE PP IS RECOVERED BY THE CLOUD OF Cs
The growth of the PP has been mainly due to the collapse of Cs, which has gone from 57 to 10 seats in eight months. In April, the Popular Party stayed close to suffering the 'sorpasso' of Citizens, which stood just nine seats from Casado and even surpassed him in fiefdoms such as Madrid, Andalusia, Aragon, Catalonia or the Balearic Islands by the hit of the PP .
In that April generals, the PP suffered a historic defeat by losing 3.7 million votes and 68 seats compared to the general elections of June 2006, a collapse that placed it below the electoral ground of Manuel Fraga's Popular Alliance in 1986, when he won 105 seats and 25,) 6% of the votes.
The leader of the Popular Party has convened on Tuesday a meeting of the National Executive Committee to conduct a more thorough analysis of the election results of the generals. This body will have the presence of the 'territorial barons' of the party.
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