Asturias Forum

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Asturias Forum
Foro Asturias
President Francisco Álvarez Cascos
Secretary-General María Teresa Alonso
Founded 19 January 2011
Split from People's Party
Newspaper El Hormiguero
Youth wing Foro Joven (Young Forum)
Ideology Conservatism,[1]
Regionalism,[1]
Political position Centre-right[2]
Colors Dark blue
Local Government
83 / 942
Asturian General
Council
3 / 45
Congress of Deputies
1 / 350
Spanish Senate
1 / 266
Website
foroasturias.es
Politics of Spain
Political parties
Elections

The Asturias Forum (FAC) (Spanish: Foro Asturias) is a regionalist[1] political party in the Principality of Asturias.

History[edit]

Asturias Forum 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.

On February 12, 2015, Francisco Álvarez-Cascos surprisingly announced he would not stand again as Asturias Forum's candidate and resigned to the presidency of the party.[5]

Electoral results[edit]

Congress of Deputies[edit]

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

Local councils[edit]

Election year Local councils
# of
overall votes
 % of
overall vote
# of
overall seats won
+/–
2011 121,713 0.5 (#14)
158 / 68,230
New
2015 65,527 0.5 (#26)
83 / 67,611
Decrease 75

Regional parliaments[edit]

Asturias[edit]

Election year General Council of the Principality of Asturias Result
# of
overall votes
 % of
overall vote
# of
overall seats won
+/–
2011 178,031 29.7 (#2)
16 / 45
New in government
2012 124,518 24.8 (#2)
12 / 45
Decrease 4 in opposition
2015 44,283 8.24 (#5)
3 / 45
Decrease 9 in opposition

European parliament[edit]

Election year European Parliament
# of
overall votes
 % of
overall vote
# of
overall seats won
+/–
2014 32,962 0.2 (#18)
0 / 54
New

Footnotes[edit]