Popular Party retains Galicia whilst nationalists secure the Basque region
Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy can feel reasonably pleased after this weekend’s regional elections in Galicia and the Basque Region.
In Galicia the prime minister’s Popular Party (PP) won 41 seats and 45.72% of the vote compared with 38 seats and 46.68% of the vote in 2009. That strengthens their hold on the regional parliament at a time when many commentators thought they would get hammered for their national austerity measures. Instead it seems that the voters, in Galicia at least, are prepared to support the Popular Party national government for the time being. Turnout was almost the same as for 2009.
However, the Socialist Party of Galicia (PSdeG – PSOE) dropped to 18 seats with 20.53% of the vote. In 2009 they won 25 seats. The result was even worse than the opinion polls had predicted and will cause the party to go away and think again about their tactics; they also did badly in the Basque region.
The Galician Nationalist Bloc (BNG) were knocked into fourth place from third, taking seven seats compared with 12 seats in 2009. The Galician Left Alternative or AGE (EU-ANOVA), a left wing coalition assembled for these elections, beat the BNG to take third place with nine seats and 13.99% of the vote.
In the Basque region the nationalists picked up 48 of the 75 seats in the parliament.
The Basque Nationalist Party (EAJ-PNV) came out on top with 27 seats and 34.64%, a drop of three seats on the 2009 election.
The big winners of the day were the Eskul Herria Bildu (EHB) which won 21 seats and 25% of the vote, up from 5 seats in 2009.
The Spanish Socialist Worker’s Party (PSOE), had another bad result, they managed just 16 seats and 19.13% of the vote. That is a drop of nine seats on their 2009 tally of 25 seats.
The Popular Party (PP) of Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy dropped around 3% and took 10 seats on 11.73% of the vote. In 2009 they had 12 seats in the parliament. This was not a great result but not as bad as many commentators had been predicting.