Socialist candidate for PM concedes defeat

20th November 2011, Comments 0 comments

Spain's ruling Socialist Party candidate for prime minister, Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba, admitted a massive election defeat Sunday as partial results showed a huge win for the right.

"The Socialist Party did not have a good result. We clearly lost the elections," the 60-year-old Rubalcaba told party faithful in Madrid as a count of more than 90 percent of the votes revealed the crushing loss.

"Even so, we received the trust and votes of seven million citizens who gave us their support in especially difficult circumstances and for whom we have had the responsibility of governing during the years of the worst economic crisis we have known."

The Socialists took just 28.65 percent of the vote to seize 110 seats in the 350-seat Chamber of Deputies -- their worst showing ever -- according to an official count of 92.31 percent of votes cast.

The opposition conservative Popular Party, led by 56-year-old Mariano Rajoy, won 44.49 percent of the votes and 186 seats in the chamber, the partial results showed, a record margin of victory for the party.

© 2011 AFP

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