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The socialists, despite failing to win in Barcelona, are the most voted force in Catalonia for the first time in 16 years in municipal elections. Independentist force ERC loses about 300,000 votes with respect to the results obtained in 2019

Jaume V. Aroca, May 29 2023

The leader of the PSC, Salvador Illa, in a press conference from Santa Margarida i els Monjos-  LV

The socialists, despite failing to win in Barcelona, are the most voted force in Catalonia for the first time in 16 years in municipal elections. Independentist force ERC loses about 300,000 votes with respect to the results obtained in 2019.

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While in the rest of Spain, the vote count showed some dramatic data for the Socialist party, in Catalonia the PSC climbed to the top of the podium of the electoral the podium of the electoral night leaving behind ERC that four years ago was the first force in was the first force in votes. It had been 16 years since the Socialists had been in first place in the had not been in first place in a municipal election in 16 years.

The PSC -which has accumulated 711,000 votes- has been the first party in Tarragona. Tarragona. Lleida and even in Girona. Also in Reus. However, this result does not this result does not compensate for Jaume Collboni’s narrow defeat against Xavier Trias in Barcelona. The old fox has had his way.

Nevertheless, in number of councillors, ERC and also Junts surpass the socialist party, but in neither of the two socialist party but in neither case do they manage to reach the figures they obtained four years ago.

While awaiting a detailed analysis of the results, it seems clear that a part of the pro-independence voters that part of the pro-independence voters stayed at home. That This differential abstention -in the rest of Spain the turnout was higher- would have been detrimental to all the would have been detrimental to all parties, not only to the independentist but if there was any victim, it was Esquerra, which last night lost more than 300,000 votes.

The result of Barcelona, with Ernest Maragall who has obtained 73,000 in 2019 he obtained 160,000- but also Santa Coloma de Gramenet, which Gramenet, which with the media Gabriel Rufián has obtained 4 councilors, while his opponent, the socialist while his adversary, the socialist Núria Parlón, consolidated again her absolute majority, or the por her absolute majority, or the poor result of Alba Vergès in Igualada, where she will be the third force behind the candidacy of Junts and the PSC, shows that yesterday was not a good night for ERC.

Junts did not fare so badly. Beyond the victory in Barcelona, the party hasparty has scored some notable results, such as Sant Cugat del Vallès, where it won the Sant Cugat del Vallès where it has managed to maintain intact its position as the first force.

The commons have fared worse. Reduced to third force in Barcelona, they were in Barcelona, they were also defeated in Montcada, one of the municipalities anointed with the visit of Yolanda Díaz during the campaign, and despite having and despite having maintained their historic stronghold of El Prat, their results have been declining in the their results have gone down in most of the places in which they were represented.

Catalonia was the community where the Sumar project, promoted by the vice-president of the Government, was a reality to the extent that all the left the whole of the left converged in the candidacies, including Podemos, the general note is bad.

Although without the overwhelming force that it registered in other communities, the conservative vote in a Spanish key prospered.

Spanish conservative vote prospered in the Catalan vote. The PP doubled its results in Barcelona and literally swept cities such as Badalona, where Xavier García Albiol Badalona, where Xavier García Albiol became an unusual exception with his absolute majority. It was also the second force in Lleida

This positive evolution is directly related to the total collapse of Ciudadanos total collapse of Ciudadanos, from which the PSC would also have benefited. PSC would also have benefited. Of the 239 councilors in 2019, yesterday it scored 10 in all of Catalonia.

In parallel, Vox, which in 2019 only obtained 3 councilors in all of Catalonia, was, by far, the force that obtained better results in the comparative the comparative of 2019. From those three, it went to 124, accumulating 150,000 votes in all Catalonia. The Catalan-speaking extreme right also achieved some striking results such as the one obtained by the candidacy of Aliança Catalana, which has been the most voted candidacy ahead of Junts and Esquerra en Ripoll.

The CUP, at the opposite extreme, did not have a great night either. It obtained 313 councilors, a figure somewhat lower than that obtained four years ago. Once again it did not manage to enter the Barcelona City Council.

https://www.lavanguardia.com/politica/20230529/9002468/excepcion-catalana-da-victoria-psc.html

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