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Spain’s Premier Trounced by Conservatives in Regional Election

  • Opposition party defeats Socialists to win absolute majority
  • Far-right Vox party makes limited gains in Andalusia vote
Pedro Sanchez
Pedro SanchezPhotographer: Jason Alden/Bloomberg
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Spain’s main opposition party won a landslide election victory in the country’s most populous region on Sunday, adding to the uphill battle Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez faces to win re-election next year.

The Popular Party took 57 out of 109 seats in Andalusia’s parliament with 99% of the votes tallied, giving the conservatives an absolute majority and more than doubling the size of their caucus, four years after they ousted Sanchez’s Socialists from power in a historic stronghold.