>> A sense of shock rippled through Spain on Monday as the country came to terms with the success of a far right party in Andalusia's regional elections. The first such electoral win in Spain since its return to democracy in the late 1970s. The Vox party could now end up as a kingmaker in the region as part of a right-wing coalition.
Reuters Isla Binnie is in Madrid.>> The polls ahead of this particular vote did not predict that Vox would get as many votes as they did. But at this point with the results overall in the Andalucian elections, it seemed to be a positive for the right-wing overall. Whereas the left-wing, the socialists who have governed there for around 40 years have seen themselves take some quite serious losses.
>> Spain had previously been seen as immune to the nationalist surge that swept across Europe. As many remembered the long, and painful military dictatorship of Francisco Franco. That looks to have changed this weekend with France's far-right leader Marie Le Pen among those congratulating Vox on Twitter. The ruling socialists who've been in power in Andalusia's region since Franco's death would now struggle to secure a majority or even a working coalition.
On Monday, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez took to Twitter, saying his Socialist Party will continue to push a European agenda for Spain. And vowing to defend the country's democracy from fear.>> Sanchez has made it clear that he feels he has a vocation and a mandate to to lead Spain until the next general election, which isn't actually due until mid-2020.
But there can be little doubt that the result for his party in Andalusia will be at the very least ammunition for his political opponents.>> One of the biggest points of contention in Sanchez's leadership has been his willingness to welcome refugees. Andalusia has one of Europe's highest unemployment rates, and the arrival of thousands of migrants has stirred up resentment in the region.