The central point of its manifesto is the suppression of the regional governments of Spain, which the party considers duplicates powers and costs.
“We defend a centralised Spain, which respects and admires its regional differences, but which is a modern, efficient and functioning state” said founder Santiago Abascal.
“One Parliament, One Government and One Supreme Court” is the catchphrase.
One of the main figures in Vox is José Antonio Ortega Lara, who spent 532 days kidnapped by Basque terrorist group ETA, most of them in foxholes out in the forest. It´s the first time he’s appeared in public for many years, and he gave each journalist individual attention.
Other notable founders of the party include many slightly faded politicians from yesteryears, such as Mikel Buesa, who used to be number 2 in UPyD, Carlos Bustelo who was Minister of Industry in Spains first democratic government under Adolfo Suarez, or Ana María Vidal-Abarca, who used to be president of the ETA terrorist Victims Support group “AVT”.
The party defines itself as rightwing but not conservative, in favour of the Monarchy and hopes to take voters from the moderate PP, and UPyD.
Vox intends to present candidates to this years European Elections, and to present a full list across the country to next years national elections.