Spain’s centre-right Popular Party predicted to win Madrid snap poll

ncumbent regional president Isabel Díaz-Ayuso would need the support of the far-right VOX party to remain in office, current polling suggests. [EFE/David Fernández]

Spain’s centre-right Popular Party (Partido Popular, PP) looks set to comfortably win a snap regional election scheduled for 4 May in Madrid, according to a recent poll. EURACTIV’s partner EFE reports.

The party of Madrid’s regional president, Isabel Díaz Ayuso, is predicted to win 55 of the 136 seats in the regional parliament,  according to a survey by NC Report published by La Razón.

PP looks likely to form a right-leaning coalition with the far-right VOX party, which is predicted to gain 12 seats.

If confirmed, the result would be a strong showing for PP, with a gain of an additional 25 seats compared to the previous regional election held in 2019.

The NC Report poll predicted the socialist PSOE party, which is in power at the national level, retaining its 37 seats in Madrid’s regional parliament.  

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The poll comes as PSOE regional candidate Ángel Gabilondo on Monday (22 March) rejected the possibility of a coalition in Madrid with the party’s national coalition partner United We Can (Unidas Podemos).

May’s snap regional election was called by Díaz Ayuso on 10 March after announcing an end to the PP party’s coalition with the centre-right Ciudadanos in a manoeuvre to prevent it tabling a no-confidence motion against her together with PSOE .

The move came hours after Ciudadanos agreed to support the PSOE in its bid to bring down the PP-led government in the south-eastern region of Murcia via another no-confidence vote. 

“If I hadn’t taken control of this situation, Ciudadanos and PSOE would have presented a no-confidence motion, something they have talked about on various occasions and it would have been disastrous for the Community of Madrid,” Ayuso said.

The no-confidence motion in Murcia sent tremors through the PP, a bastion of Spanish conservatism that also governs with Ciudadanos in Castile, León, and Andalusia, where the coalition is propped up by the far-right VOX.

[Edited by Paula Kenny, Daniel Eck and Josie Le Blond]

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