Expats win seats for new parties in local elections

29th May 2007, Comments 0 comments

29 May 2007, MADRID - Expatriates living in Spain have done well in local elections, winning council seats for their own independent political parties.

29 May 2007

MADRID - Expatriates living in Spain have done well in local elections, winning council seats for their own independent political parties.

The BBC reported in some councils in the province of Alicante, these new political groups won as many seats as the mainstream Spanish parties in Sunday's poll.

Many of the successful candidates are British. They campaigned on issues like corruption in urban planning.

San Fulgencio and Rojales were among the towns where they did well.

The Independent Mediterranean Alliance, AIM, received more than 20% of the ballots cast in San Fulgencio, winning as many seats as the Socialists and the Popular Party, Spain's biggest mainstream parties.

AIM's vice-president, Mick Blake, says his group should have enough power to reduce urban planning excesses.

In the town hall of Rojales, Grip, another new political party dominated by expatriates, won 15% of the vote.

Expat politicians are pleased with the results but say they could have fared even better if there had been higher voter turnout among non-Spanish European residents.

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