'Outraged' ex-judge officially elected mayor of Madrid

13th June 2015, Comments 0 comments

Former judge Manuela Carmena, of the Indignados (Outraged) protester movement that grew out of Spain's economic crisis, was officially elected mayor of Madrid on Saturday.

Carmena unseated the conservative Popular Party, which has the Spanish capital for nearly a quarter of a century, after winning a majority of votes from city hall representatives.

"Here we are. Thank you very much. Now, we are all mayors," Carmena tweeted right after the vote.

She became mayor after her leftist platform, Ahora Madrid, clinched a deal with the main opposition Socialists, some two weeks after after thrashing the ruling Popular Party in local and regional elections in May.

Carmona's platform includes neighbourhood associations, environmentalist groups and Spain's new anti-austerity party, Podemos, whose strong gains made them kingmakers in what analysts have described as a historic vote.

© 2015 AFP

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