Dec. 3 (UPI) -- Spain's far-right Vox Party has scored a major victory in Andalusia that could shift the balance of power in the region.
The Vox Party took 12 seats, more than twice what political analysts predicted, with the vow to "make Spain great again."
It's the first time a far-right party has gained a foothold in Spanish government since the 1970s. The ruling left-wing PSOE Party still won the election, but lost 14 seats and its majority. The center-right Ciudadanos party also gained 12 seats.
The region has been dominated by left-wing socialists for 36 years. The Vox Party campaigns on a platform of anti-immigration and anti-independence.
The results in regional elections represent a larger trend in Europe where more countries are shifting to the right as nationalism takes hold.
Andalusia is in southern Spain and acts as a major gateway for immigrants from Africa. The rise of unemployment there led to the rise of anti-immigrant sentiment.
Socialist Party chief Susana Diaz advised opposition parties against forming a bloc with the far right.
"I'm calling on the pro-Constitution parties: let's show that we are such by stopping the far right in Andalusia," Diaz said. "I, at least, am going to try it."
Left-wing party leaders promised to resist.
"There has been an extremist reaction to nationalism," PSOE spokesman Mario Jimenez told Spanish television. "Neither France nor Germany have normalized their far right. We call on all parties' sense of responsibility."