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    Socialists win Spanish elections

    Socialists win Spanish elections

    Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero's ruling Socialist Party has won Spain's general election.

    With nearly all the votes counted, the Socialists had won 169 seats, short of the 176 needed for an absolute parliamentary majority.

    Mariano Rajoy's conservative Popular Party was set to win 153 seats.

    Mr Zapatero thanked jubilant supporters for a "clear victory" and pledged to open a "new period" in Spanish politics after a bitter campaign.

    "The Spanish people have spoken clearly and have decided to open a new period without tension, without confrontation," he told the flag-waving crowd gathered outside his Socialist Party's Madrid headquarters.

    The BBC's Johnny Dymond in Madrid said his tone was emollient, after what has been a bad-tempered battle for votes.

    Mr Rajoy, the prime minister's leading rival, congratulated Mr Zapatero.

    "I have called the candidate of the Socialist Party and I have wished him luck for the good of Spain," he said.

    High turnout

    Pio Garcia Escudero, the PP's campaign co-ordinator said Sunday's elections results had also been good for the PP, which previously held 148 seats.

    "The number of votes we have won has risen considerably from 2004, as has the number of seats," he said. "That gives us enormous satisfaction."

    Reporting from the Socialist Party headquarters, our correspondent said a huge roar went up from supporters as Mr Zapatero came out to address them.

    Although the party has increased its number of seats from 164, he says it will still have to go into an informal coalition, probably with the largest Catalan nationalist party.

    Despite attempts to attack the ruling party on the faltering economy, immigration and accusations of being soft on terrorism, the PP failed to make the charges stick, our correspondent says.
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    Wow. A government actually gaining seats. I'd love to find out the dynamics behind this.


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    Wonder if Kosovo was behind the less-than expected turnout for Catalan and Basque separatists ?
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    A govt gaining seats in Spain, while a govt nearly losing its seat of governance in Malaysia!!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Ray View Post
    A govt gaining seats in Spain, while a govt nearly losing its seat of governance in Malaysia!!

    I wouldn't get too carried away Ray.

    The UMNO-led coalition in Malaysia only just lost its 2/3 majority. This means it still dominates parliament, it just can't change the constitution at whim anymore. In itself this is no great blow, as they have spent 40 years skewing things their own way.

    The real story is that the various opposition parties have won control of something like 7 State governments, up from only 1. Even better, where opposition success in the states had thus far been restricted to the Muslim PAS, other parties have also had success. As you no doubt know from Indian politics, State governments can be a vital start in building a powerbase for parties planning to take on an entrenched political organisation.


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    Right now I am in Singapore and I have been in Malaysia.

    In Malaysia, the govt used to rule supreme. Almost dictatorial as during the Mahathir, (whose parentage is Indian, though he hid it) phase. The fact that this result this could happen is most extraordinary!

    The ex Deputy who was screwed on the trumoped up charge of sodomy and corruption by Mahathir is turning the screw himself.

    Badawi is more graceful than Mahathir!

    It is good for Malaysia that true democracy is visiting them!

    Though the orderliness and discipline of Malaysia and Singapore is such a pleasant change!
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    Zapatero's a decent, fairly honest politician, and he's done well for Spain.

    I'd add his finance minister spanked the arse off the opposition's spokesperson in a debate, and as we all know.....It's the economy, stupid!
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