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Spanish politics shaken by awakening of the far-right

AP , Monday 3 Dec 2018
In this Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018 photo, supporters of Spain
In this Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018 photo, supporters of Spain's far-right Vox party, wave Spanish flags as they celebrate the results during regional elections in Andalusia, in Seville, Spain (Photo: AP)

Spain's Socialist prime minister says he will defend the constitution and democracy against fear following a major setback to his party in a regional election that marked an awakening of the far-right.

Pedro Sanchez tweeted Monday that ``my government will continue working on a regenerating and pro-European project for Spain.'' The anti-migrant, euroskeptic Vox party won 12 seats in the 109-member regional parliament of Andalusia, in southern Spain on Sunday.

Sanchez added that the result will ``strengthen our pledge to defend the Constitution and Democracy against fear.''

The Socialists won an election marked by a low participation, but face losing the regional government for the first time in 36 years if the center-right, conservative and extreme right opposition strike a deal to assemble a 59-seat majority.

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