Socialists set to win as Euro campaign closes

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11 June 2004, MADRID – The Spanish European election campaign came to a close Friday as polls predicted a victory for the Socialists.

11 June 2004

MADRID – The Spanish European election campaign came to a close Friday as polls predicted a victory for the Socialists.

Spaniards will have a day to consider which party to support before voting opens on Sunday.

Spanish prime minister Jose Lluis Rodríguez Zapatero was expected to close the Socialist campaign with a party rally in Madrid Friday together with the leader of the European campaign, Jose Borrell.

Zapatero called on Spaniards to go to the polls on Sunday to send out a message to the Right-wing Popular Party (PP) that the country does not want to "step backwards".

Meanwhile, PP leader Mariano Rajoy and the head of the party's European campaign, Jaime Mayor Oreja, were expected to close the campaign with a similar rally in Madrid.

Oreja said the Socialists had won the 14 March general elections with "lies, manipulation and tragedy".  

He promised that the PP would win on Sunday with "truth, transparency and with clean hands".

Elsewhere in Europe, voters in Ireland and the Czech Republic were going to polls Friday.

They were preceded Thursday by voters in Britain and the Netherlands.

The New Labour government of Tony Blair suffered a humiliating set-back as it was beaten into third place in local elections, with notable rises in support for the Conservative Party and the Liberal Democrats.

The centre-Right Christian Democrat party won in the Netherlands.

The number of people expected to vote across Europe has risen to 52 percent – higher than the 45 percent who said they would vote when asked in May, according to pollsters Gallup.

The new European parliament will sit for the first time on 20 June.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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