Sanchez Holds Upper Hand After Late Surge Thwarts Spanish Right

September 08, 2023

(Bloomberg) -- Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez engineered a late swing during the final days of the Spanish election campaign to deny his right-wing opponents a majority in parliament. Sanchez and PP leader Alberto Nunez Feijoo both claimed victory as they addressed their supporters after the count, but it’s Sanchez who has the upper hand. The prime minister gave a string of interviews, including with journalists who he had avoided for years for considering them too critical. Former Socialist Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero did days of rallies and interviews, urging supporters to stop the right wing bloc from winning. Feijoo told supporters he’d won the right to govern and appealed to Sanchez not to stand in his way.