There is already a date for the next regional elections in Andalusia.
Andalusian residents are called to vote on June 19, regional president Juan Manuel Moreno Bonilla (People's Party, PP) announced on Monday, after several weeks of speculation.
In his explanation, the Andalusian conservative leader insisted that the main reason for bringing forward the elections is the uncertain economic situation and the need to have a new budget approved for the region at the beginning of 2023.
Waiting until autumn for the vote would delay the formation of a new government and could also delay the goal of agreeing on the new budget before the end of the year, which is why President Juan Manuel Moreno wants to hold the elections earlier. Even so, some works that were planned for this term, such as those of the Malaga Metro, will remain unfinished, according to Spanish media.
The Andalusian president stressed that it is now "vital" for the Andalusian region to start next year with a new budget to face the tough time ahead, which he described as an "economic pandemic."
According to political analysts, the so-called 'Feijoo effect' has weighed heavily on Juan Manuel Moreno's decision to bring forward the elections. This is how they refer to the electoral gains that they expect as a result of the boost that the new national leader of the People's Party, Alberto Nuñez Feijoo, has given to the conservatives since he took office.
The leader of the Andalusian Conservatives defined his almost four years in government as a "complicated" period due to the Covid pandemic and economic difficulties. Still, he said he was convinced that his government brought "stability" and economic development to Andalusia.