The Socialists’ victory in an election in Spain’s Galicia region has brought the curtain down on the last political survivor of General Franco’s dictatorship.
The party’s leader in the region said the defeat of Manuel Fraga presented an opportunity to bring in far-reaching changes in Galicia.
Fraga’s Popular Party won most votes in the election – around 50 per cent – but the Socialists, in coalition with Galician nationalists, will now dominate the parliament in the north-western region.
The loss of Franco’s homeland is serious blow to the conservative Popular Party.
Local representative Federico Trillo described the result as an “unnatural” outcome and lamented the fact that Galicia would now be governed by two parties that lost out in terms of the popular vote.
Fraga, who had been a cabinet minister in Franco’s government, had ruled Galicia for 16 years. He is considered a founding father of Spain’s modern right wing party. It is speculated the 82-year-old will now retire.