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Far right breakthrough in Andalucía send shockwave through Spanish politics

• by Sam Jones

Los Remedios doesn't have the feel of a political frontline. Rowers glide along the green waters of the Guadalquivir, a huge Christmas tree sits beneath a warm December sky and the nearby churrería is already bedecked with artificial poinsettias.

Beneath the Spanish flags that stripe many balconies, residents and the odd labrador stroll down citrus-tree-lined boulevards, past designer shops and a tobacconist's with bottles of Moët in its window.

Oranges, however, aren't the only things ripening in this comfortable Seville neighbourhood, or beyond. In last Sunday's Andalucían regional elections, the tiny Vox party became the first far-right grouping to win seats since Spain's return to democracy following the death of General Franco in 1975.

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