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Madrid’s champion of soft virus restrictions wins election

MADRID (AP) — Madrid’s conservative leader, a champion of relaxed measures against the coronavirus, scored a solid win in a regional election Tuesday. Isabel Díaz Ayuso campaigned under the slogan of “Freedom,” keeping bars and other businesses opened even in the worst of the outbreaks. Preliminary results gave her conservatives 65 seats in the 136-seat regional assembly, more than double from 2019 but short of the majority needed to form a government. The far-right Vox party shaped up as Díaz Ayuso’s new choice for legislative support. The biggest blow was to Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez’s Socialists and the anti-austerity United We Can, whose leader Pablo Iglesias announced an end to his political career.

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