PP largest party but short of a majority in Andalucía
Mariano Rajoy’s People’s Party (PP) failed to win an overall majority in the Andalucía parliamentary election yesterday. Had they done so they would have broken 30 uninterrupted years of Socialist rule and taken their tally of regional parliaments up to 12 out of 17.
However, it was not to be and the PP fell short, taking 50 of the 109 seats in the parliament, an increase of three seats only. They needed 55 seats for an overall majority.
The Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party (PSOE) did badly in the election and dropped nine seats to 47 seats, but may well still form the new government with the support of the United Left (IU).
The United Left/The Greens took an additional six seats in the election, doubling their tally to 12 seats. They are now the kingmakers and will have to chose between Javier Arenas and his regional Popular Party or the PSOE leader and current president of the region José Antonio Griñán.