Socialists set to lose Andalucía
After thirty years in power the Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party (PSOE) look set to lose their southern region stronghold of Andalucía today.
Opinion polls suggest that the People’s Party (PP) of Mariano Rajoy, who swept to power in a general election last year, will pick up this region with a narrow overall majority.
A poll in the El Pais newspaper last week put the People’s Party on 47.3%. This would give them around 58 seats in the 109 seat parliament. The PSOE are on 34.4% which would give them around 41 seats. The United left (IU), the only other party likely to win seats is on 9%.
In the 2008 election the PSOE won 56 seats, the PP won 47 seats and the IU won 6 seats. Around 6.4 million people are entitled to vote in this region where unemployment is currently at 31%.