Monday, March 10, 2008

All over for another four years

Yesterday the PSOE won the tenth general election to be held since Spain became a democracy. Mariano Rajoy, candidate of the PP, failed in his second attempt to win the Presidency but had the consolation of an improved result from the last election.

With 99.8% of the scrutinised votes counted and a 75.33% turnout, the Socialists got 43.72% of the votes (a point more) and will have 169 benches (five more than at present).

The PP party gained five benches (from 148 to 153) and two points more (40.13%).

So both parties gained at the expense of the smaller parties. All this means is that the Socialist party will need the support of seven benches from other parties to have a majority vote.

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