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Madrid election: Isabel Díaz Ayuso re-elected in bitter Spanish vote

Madrid election: Isabel Díaz Ayuso re-elected in bitter Spanish vote
Conservative politician Isabel Díaz Ayuso opposed some of the government's lockdown measures.

Madrid election: Isabel Díaz Ayuso re-elected in bitter Spanish vote Published About sharing EPA p image captionIsabel Díaz Ayuso has been re-elected after a bitter election battle The conservative leader of the regional district of Madrid in Spain has won a resounding victory after a bitter election battle.Despite more than doubling the Popular Party (PP) seats, Isabel Díaz Ayuso still fell short of a majority and may end up in alliance with the far right.Reuters p image captionIsabel Díaz Ayuso is a rising star in Spain's conservative party While Ms Ayuso has described the vote as a choice between "socialism or freedom", her opponent Pablo Iglesias, from the left-wing Unidos Podemos (United We Can), has spoken of a choice between "democracy or fascism", highlighting the potential involvement of the far-right Vox party in a future Madrid government.In an interview with El Mundo newspaper last month, she said her party and Vox were "different parties but have agreed on fundamental issues, and that will continue to be the case".

EPA p image captionRocio Monasterio (R) stood as candidate for the far-right Vox party Even without a formal coalition her party could still rely on Vox's votes in the Madrid assembly to pass legislation.More stories from Spain: Spain test gig shows no sign of new infections Spain plans to welcome tourists under EU scheme Man behind 'Spanish laughing guy' meme dies media captionEU plans for a 'vaccine passport' to allow travel Far-right eye share of power in Madrid Published How Spain's far-right Vox party found its footing Published Spain plans to welcome tourists under EU scheme Published

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