Madrid premier Isabel Diaz Ayuso, a fierce critic of Covid-19 lockdowns, secured a major victory in Spain’s regional elections, prompting the head of the left-wing Podemos to end his political career after taking fifth place.
With more than 99% of the ballots counted late on Tuesday night, Ayuso’s People’s Party took 45% of the vote, or 65 seats in the regional legislature, just four shy of an outright majority. Doubling its share of the vote compared to the last race in 2019, the People’s Party is expected to enter into a coalition with the right-wing Vox Party, which itself took fourth place with 9% of the vote.
“Freedom has won in Madrid, once again,” Ayuso told supporters after her win, echoing a campaign slogan, while People’s Party leader Pablo Casado said voters “trusted [Ayuso’s] handling of the pandemic.”
Spain (Madrid regional election):— Europe Elects (@EuropeElects) May 4, 2021
Provisional results, 99.5% counted
PP-EPP: 45% (+22)
Más Madrid-Greens/EFA: 17% (+2)
PSOE-S&D: 17% (-10)
UP-LEFT: 7% (+2)
Cs-RE: 4% (-17)
+/- vs. 2019 election#4M #EleccionesMadrid
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