The PP’s coservaodres once again became the most voted force in the majority of municipalities in the Region of Murcia, in a total of 41 of the 45, after a campaign marked by the lack of agreement for the governability of the Community. In November 2019 it was Vox who managed to be the most voted force in 16 localities, but this time it has not been able to maintain its position as first choice in any municipality.
The ‘populares’ won the regional elections with 43 per cent of the votes and won 21 seats, just two short of an absolute majority, while Vox rose from four to nine.
However, the lack of agreement has so far prevented the formation of the regional executive, with the investiture of Fernando López Miras failing with the votes against Vox, the PSOE and Podemos.
The PP regretted Vox’s “blocking” of the formation of a government, since the only possibility of governing is for the PP, as the left does not have enough support to govern unless Vox votes in favour of one of the left-wing candidates.
The agreement, for the moment, has not been reached because Vox is asking for two councillorships out of ten and the vice-presidency, demands that the ‘populares’ are not willing to accept because they consider that they do not correspond to the results of the polls.
This conflict has been present not only at the regional level; this disagreement has been the subject of several declarations by both parties during the general election campaign.
Vox blames the PP’s national leadership for this scenario. In their opinion, Feijóo wants to force Vox to abstain in Murcia in order to demonstrate that, in Congress, he could govern alone if he surpasses the 150-seat barrier.
The national leaders of both the PP and Vox, Alberto Núñez Feijóo and Santiago Abascal, respectively, are the only ones who have visited the region. Neither the Socialist leader, Pedro Sánchez, nor the leader of Sumar, Yolanda Díaz, have made an appearance in the region to support their candidates for Congress and Senate.
Vox managed to be the most voted party four years ago with a percentage of the vote of almost 28 percent. However, the scenario became uncertain after the confrontation with the PP that has been going on since the 28 May elections.
On this occasion, the PP has managed to unseat Vox as the most voted force. In the general elections of November 2019, Vox won in a total of 16 municipalities out of the 45 in the Region of Murcia, with a total of 199,440 votes and 3 representatives in Congress.
PP MOST VOTED FORCE
In these, the PP won in 41 municipalities (27 more than in 2019) in the Region with 305,934 votes, which gives it four deputies, almost half of those corresponding to the Community of Murcia (10).
Specifically, the PP has managed to be the most voted force in the municipalities of Abanilla, Abarán, Águilas, Albudeite, Alcantarilla, Aledo, Alguaza, Alhama de Murcia, Archena, Beniel, Blanca, Caravaca de la Cruz, Cartagena, Cehegín, Ceutí, Cieza, Fortuna, Fuente Álamo, Jumilla, La Unión, Las Torres de Cotillas, Librilla, Lorca, Lorquí, Los Alcázares, Mazarrón, Molina de Segura, Mula, Murcia, Ojós, Pliego, Puerto Lumbreras, Ricote, San Javier, San Pedro del Pinatar, Santomera, Torre Pacheco, Totana, Ulea, Villanueva del Río segura and Yecla.
For its part, the PSOE has become the most voted force in 4 municipalities (11 less than in 2019), retaining the deputies it had until now (3). Specifically, it has been the most voted force in Bullas, Calasparra, Campos del Río and Moratalla.
In contrast, Vox, which has lost 37,929 votes, has been left with two deputies, one less than in the 2019 elections, and has not managed to be the most voted force in any locality.
Finally, Sumar has managed to keep the deputy that Unidas Podemos had, the current head of the coalition’s list, Javier Sánchez Serna, who repeats as deputy. Sumar has become the fourth most voted force.
With these results, a new political period is beginning in the Region, in which negotiations to achieve governability of the Community will become relevant, before 7 September, the deadline for achieving it. If not, we would go to new regional elections.
Although in his last visit to the Region, the leader of Vox, Santiago Abascal, warned that his party’s position would not change regardless of the result of the General Elections.