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From ‘cranks’ to contenders: How Spain’s far-right Vox party is rising toward power

By Sam Jones

11 Jun 2023 · 6 min read

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  1. Spain's far-right Vox party is poised to enter more regional governments and could potentially form part of the national government if the conservative People's Party (PP) falls short of an absolute majority in the upcoming snap general election.

The man all but certain to be the next mayor of Rascafría, a small town in the green and mist-hugged mountains an hour north of Madrid, gives few clues about his political leanings as he lists his priorities for the coming months and years.

As well as helping the hospitality and livestock sectors on which the local economy depends, Óscar Robles wants to improve the leisure and culture provision for Rascafría’s ill-served young people and to reopen a social club for its older residents that has been shuttered since before the Covid pandemic.

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