Asturias Forum

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Asturias Forum
Foro Asturias
President Cristina Coto
Secretary-General Francisco Álvarez Cascos
Founded 19 January 2011
Split from People's Party
Newspaper El Hormiguero
Youth wing Foro Joven (Young Forum)
Membership (2011) 6,987[1]
Ideology Conservatism[2]
Regionalism[2]
Political position Centre-right[3]
Colors Dark blue
Congress of Deputies (Asturian seats)
1 / 8
Spanish Senate (Asturian seats)
1 / 6
Asturian General
Council
3 / 45
Local Government
83 / 942
Website
foroasturias.es

The Asturias Forum (FAC) (Spanish: Foro Asturias) is a regionalist[2] 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.[4] The party has spoken to all three other parties to create a more consensual political climate.[5]

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.[6] Álvarez-Cascos was succeeded by Cristina Coto, while he went on to become the party's secretary-general.

Electoral performance[edit]

Cortes Generales[edit]

Asturias[edit]

Congress of Deputies
Date Votes Seats Status Size Notes
#  % ±pp # ±
2011 92,828 14.7% Opposition 3rd
2015 187,568 30.1% N/A Arrow Blue Right 001.svg0 Opposition * government support
2016 209,632 35.3% +5.2 Arrow Blue Right 001.svg0 Opposition * government support
 
Senate
Date Seats Size
# ±
2011 3rd
2015 Green Arrow Up Darker.svg1 *
2016 Arrow Blue Right 001.svg0 *

General Junta of the Principality of Asturias[edit]

Date Votes Seats Status Size
#  % ±pp # ±
2011 178,031 29.7% Government 1st
2012 124,518 24.8% –4.9 Red Arrow Down.svg4 Opposition 2nd
2015 44,283 8.2% –16.6 Red Arrow Down.svg9 Opposition 5th

European Parliament[edit]

Spain
Date Votes Seats Size
#  % ±pp # ±
2014 32,962 0.2% 18th
 
Asturias
Date Votes Size
#  % ±pp
2014 16,064 4.2% 6th

Footnotes[edit]