Basque nationalists win most seats but no majority

2nd March 2009, Comments 0 comments

The Basque Nationalist Party won 30 seats but failed to secure an outright majority.

MADRID – The incumbent Basque Nationalist Party won the most seats in a regional election in Spain on Sunday, but failed to secure an outright majority, final official results showed.

The PNV, which has ruled the region since 1980, captured 30 seats in the 75-seat Basque parliament compared to 24 seats for the local branch of Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero's Socialist Party, the Basque regional government said.

Three other smaller nationalist parties - Aralar, Eusko Alkartasuna and Ezker Batua - who would be natural coalition partners for the PNV won a combined seven seats.

The conservative Popular Party (PP) won 13 seats while the tiny UPD won one seat, meaning non-nationalist parties will have a majority in the Basque regional assembly for the first time since it was set up in 1980, soon after Spain returned to democracy.

AFP / Expatica

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