Court bans Basque separatist party from election

16th May 2007, Comments 0 comments

16 May 2007, MADRID - The Supreme Court banned the party Abertzale Sozialisten Batasuna (ASB) on Wednesday from standing in future elections.

16 May 2007

MADRID - The Supreme Court banned the party Abertzale Sozialisten Batasuna (ASB) on Wednesday from standing in future elections.

The party had planned to stand in local and regional elections on 27 May.

Hours before the decision, the leader of the illegal political wing of Basque separatists Batasuna, Joseba Álvarez, accused José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero of "kicking the peace process" which he said was in a grave condition.

Álvarez, in a press conference in San Sebastian, said: "The government is in a situation to say no to democratic elections and to the resolution of conflict."

He said the only way to find peace was through "negotiation and dialogue".

The tentative peace process, declared by ETA in March last year, ended in December when the Basque terrorist organisation bombed Madrid airport, killing two people.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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