Voice Of Europe
April 23, 2019
The leader of the right-wing populist Vox party who has vowed to “make Spain great again” has been banned by the Spanish election authority from the only confirmed televised debate ahead of country’s general election on April 28th.
The Atresmedia network has been ordered to exclude Santiago Abascal – Vox’s party leader – from its debate following a ruling that was made by Spain’s Central Election Board which held that his presence at the debate wouldn’t be ‘proportional’ to votes cast for the party during the 2015 elections, when the recently founded party failed to win representation in the country’s national parliament.
However, since those elections, Vox has made massive strides in the political arena, becoming Spain’s third largest party during elections in Andalucia last December when it garnered 11 percent of the vote and captured 12 seats. The Spanish mainstream media had predicted that the party would win a measly five seats.
After the popularity of the party has surged in recent years, it now faces total exclusion from an election debate – even when certain polls are predicting the party could finish as the third largest party nationally. In the case that Vox finishes third place in the country’s national elections, it would become a key player in the Spanish parliament and could even become a coalition partner in future governments.
This article was posted: Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at 6:59 am