Seville, Spain

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Far-right surges: In a shock to Spain, vot­ers in An­dalu­sia gave the far-right Vox party 12 seats in the south­ern re­gion’s leg­is­la­ture this week. There are 109 seats to­tal, but since no ma­jor party took a ma­jor­ity, the dozen new mem­bers from the anti-im­mi­grant, anti-Is­lam Vox can play the role of coali­tion king­mak­ers. The party could well join the re­gional gov­ern­ment—which would be the first time since the death in 1975 of dic­ta­tor Fran­cisco Franco that the far right held power in any Span­ish re­gion. The elec­tion re­sult is a huge set­back for Span­ish Prime Min­is­ter Pe­dro Sánchez, whose So­cial­ist party has dom­i­nated An­dalu­sian pol­i­tics for decades. An­dalu­sia has an un­em­ploy­ment rate of about 25 per­cent, com­pared with a na­tional rate of 15 per­cent.

Vox sup­port­ers cel­e­brate.

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