Women from the radical left were expected to become mayors of the Spanish state’s two biggest cities after last weekend’s local and regional elections.
The ruling Tory PP came first—but with its worst vote in over 20 years as new parties broke into the mainstream.
Chief among these are two populist parties founded last year—left wing Podemos and right wing Ciudadanos.
Podemos-backed platform Madrid Now won 20 seats in the capital Madrid, just one behind the PP.
The Labour-type PSOE was expected to back Madrid Now candidate, retired judge Manuela Carmena, for mayor.
In Barcelona, another Podemos-backed platform Barcelona in Common beat the right wing Catalan nationalists into second place.
Its candidate was Ada Colau (left), a prominent activist in the movement against evictions.
Left wing Catalan independence party ERC also won more seats, and the anti-capitalist left CUP was elected onto the city council for the first time.