Asturias Forum

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Asturian Forum
Foro Asturias
Leader Francisco Álvarez Cascos
President Francisco Álvarez Cascos
Secretary-General María Teresa Alonso
Founded 19 January 2011
Newspaper El Hormiguero
Youth wing Foro Joven (Young Forum)
Ideology Conservatism,[1]
Political position Centre-right[2]
Colors Dark blue
Local government in Asturias
158 / 946
Asturias General Council
12 / 45
Congress of Deputies (Asturias seats)
1 / 8
Spanish Senate (Asturias seats)
1 / 6
Politics of Spain
Political parties

The Asturias Forum (FAC) (Spanish: Foro Asturias) is a regionalist[1] political party in the Principality of Asturias. It was founded in January 2011 by former Deputy Prime Minister Francisco Álvarez Cascos, who left the People's Party (PP) after failing to be selected as the party's candidate for President of Asturias in the 2011 election.

In the Asturian election, Álvarez Cascos led the party under the name "Citizens' Forum" (Spanish: Foro de Ciudadanos). FAC won sixteen seats, making it the largest party on the General Council. Together with the PP, FAC's gains gave the centre-right a majority in Asturias for the first time.[3] The party has spoken to all three other parties to create a more consensual political climate.[4]

At the November 2011 Spanish election, the party won one of Asturias's eight seats in the Congress of Deputies.

After months of deadlock in the Asturian regional assembly, fresh elections were held, in which FAC lost 4 seats, becoming the second largest party behind the Spanish Socialist Workers' Party.

Electoral results[edit]

Congress of Deputies[edit]

Election year Party Congress of Deputies Result
# of
overall votes
 % of
overall vote
# of
overall seats won
2011 FAC 99,473 0.4 (#14)
1 / 350
New in opposition

Local councils[edit]

Election year Party Local councils
# of
overall votes
 % of
overall vote
# of
overall seats won
2011 FAC 121,713 0.5 (#14)
158 / 68,230

Regional parliaments[edit]


Election year Party General Council of the Principality of Asturias Result
# of
overall votes
 % of
overall vote
# of
overall seats won
2011 FAC 178,031 29.7 (#2)
16 / 45
New in government
2012 FAC 124,518 24.8 (#2)
12 / 45
Decrease 4 in opposition


  1. ^ a b c "Parties and Elections in Europe, "Spain", The database about parliamentary elections and political parties in Europe, by Wolfram Nordsieck". Parties & Elections. 19 March 2013. Retrieved 19 March 2013. 
  2. ^ Campo, E. (23 May 2011). "El centro derecha, a las puertas". La Nueva España (in Spanish). Retrieved 25 May 2011. 
  3. ^ Mencía, J. E. (25 May 2011). "Cascos gana las elecciones y la derecha obtiene mayoría absoluta por primera vez". La Nueva España (in Spanish). Retrieved 25 May 2011. 
  4. ^ Ordóñez, José A. (25 May 2011). "Cascos llama a PSOE, PP e IU a un «consenso básico», inspirado en los pactos de la Moncloa". La Nueva España (in Spanish). Retrieved 25 May 2011.