Sunday’s election turned up some interesting, and in some cases historic, results in Axarquia.
While many municipalities suffered saw split results, leading to coalition negotiations, Frigiliana saw an outright victory for the left-leaning PSOE party, which gained 780 votes and six councillors out of 11.
Meanwhile, in Torrox, incumbent mayor Oscar Medina celebrated an historic victory, gaining the first outright victory for the Partido Popular (PP) party in the town’s history. The right wing party won nine seats out of a possible 17, and 3,231 votes. The PSOE party came second with four seats.
The PP saw further success in Moclinejo, winning the most seats at four out of a possible nine. The party will not need to form a coalition, however, in order for its mayor, Antonio Muñoz, to retain power.
In Nerja, it was a return to frontline politics for former mayor Jose Alberto Armijo. The politician, who was mayor between 1995 and 2015, ousted incumbent mayor Rosa Arrabal, after his PP wo 10 out of a possible 21 seats.
Armijo will now need to enter a coalition with fellow right-leaning parties Cuidadanos, Vox or UPNER.
Other municipalities saw results which were far less clear, including Rincon de la Victoria, where the vote was split almost completely evenly between left and right wing parties.
The PP gained the most seats with seven out of 21, while PSOE was not far behind with five councillors, meaning a coalition of at least two parties will be necessary for any governing team to take power.
Similarly, in Velez Malaga, incumbent mayor Antonio Moreno Ferrer’s position is in jeopardy after his PSOE party gained just seven out of a possible 25 seats, leaving the party scrambling to form a coalition with other left-wing parties.
The Partido Popular came in second with 10 votes.