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The Asturias Forum (FAC) (Spanish: Foro Asturias, Asturian: Foru Asturies), registered as Forum of Citizens (Spanish: Foro de Ciudadanos)[5] is a regionalist[2] political party in the Principality of Asturias.

Asturias Forum

Foru Asturies
PresidentCarmen Moriyón
Secretary-GeneralAdrián Pumares
FounderFrancisco Álvarez-Cascos
Founded19 January 2011
Split fromPeople's Party
NewspaperEl Hormiguero
Youth wingForo Joven (Young Forum)
Membership (2011)6,987[1]
IdeologyConservatism[2]
Christian democracy[2]
Regionalism[2]
Political positionCentre-right[3]
ColorsDark blue
Congress of Deputies
0 / 7
(Asturian seats)
Spanish Senate
0 / 6
(Asturian seats)
General Junta
2 / 45
Mayors[4]
3 / 78
Local Government
49 / 928
Website
www.foroasturias.es

HistoryEdit

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.[6] The party has spoken to all three other parties to create a more consensual political climate.[7]

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

After the resignation of Cristina Coto due to differences with Álvarez Cascos, Carmen Moriyón, mayoress of Gijón, was elected new President of the party on 29 September 2018.[9]

PresidentsEdit

Electoral performanceEdit

Cortes GeneralesEdit

AsturiasEdit

Congress of Deputies
Date Votes Seats Status Size Notes
# % ±pp # ±
2011 92,828 14.7% Opposition 3rd
2015 187,568 30.1% N/A  0 Opposition * government support
2016 209,632 35.3% N/A  0 Opposition * government support
2019 111,341 17.9% N/A  1 Opposition *
 
Senate
Date Seats Size
# ±
2011 3rd
2015  1 *
2016  0 *
2019  1 *

General Junta of the Principality of AsturiasEdit

Date Votes Seats Status Size
# % ±pp # ±
2011 178,031 29.7% Government 1st
2012 124,518 24.8% –4.9  4 Opposition 2nd
2015 44,283 8.2% –16.6  9 Opposition 5th
2019 34,388 6.5% –1.7  1 Opposition 6th

European ParliamentEdit

Spain
Date Votes Seats Size
# % ±pp # ±
2014 32,962 0.2% 18th
2019 6,053 0.1% –0.1 22nd
 
Asturias
Date Votes Size
# % ±pp
2014 16,064 4.2% 6th
2019 6,053 1.2% –3.0 6th

FootnotesEdit

  1. ^ Foro Asturias valida a 6.987 afiliados con derecho a voto para su congreso constitucional. El Comercio, 26/02/2011.
  2. ^ a b c d Nordsieck, Wolfram (2015). "Spain". Parties and Elections in Europe. Archived from the original on 3 May 2016. Retrieved 19 March 2013.
  3. ^ Campo, E. (23 May 2011). "El centro derecha, a las puertas". La Nueva España (in Spanish). Retrieved 25 May 2011.
  4. ^ MAPA | Radiografía del nuevo poder municipal: consulta los nombres de todos los alcaldes y alcaldesas de España. eldiario.es.
  5. ^ Aviso Legal
  6. ^ 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.
  7. ^ 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.
  8. ^ Cascos renuncia a encabezar la candidatura de su partido en las elecciones regionales; El Comercio, 12 February 2015 (in Spanish)
  9. ^ "Carmen Moriyón, nueva presidenta de Foro Asturias" [Carmen Moriyón, new president of Asturias Forum] (in Spanish). La Nueva España. 29 September 2018. Retrieved 2 October 2018.