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Gibraltar gets socialist Chief Minister


For the first time in 15 years Gibraltar has seen a change of government, by the narrowest of margins, and a new socialist Chief Minister, Fabian Picardo.

The Gibraltar Socialist Labour Party (GSLP) and Gibraltar Liberal Party (collectively known as the GSLP/Liberals) took 10 of the 17 seats in the parliament with 48.88% of the vote.

The party which has ruled Gibraltar since 1996, the centre right Gibraltar Social Democrats (GSD) under Chief Minister Peter Caruana won seven seats with 46.76% of the vote and will now go into opposition.

The third party, the Progressive Democratic Party (PDP), took 4.36% of the vote and no seats.

The election took place yesterday, 8th December.

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