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Both sides claim victories in Spanish elections

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Both sides claim victories in Spanish elections


With all the votes counted in Spain’s regional and municipal elections both the ruling Socialists and the opposition Conservatives are claiming their own victories.

The governing Socialists said they had achieved their objectives, securing more municipal council seats than the opposition Popular Party.

But the opposition celebrated the fact that they had won the most votes overall.

At the end of the night there were just 150,000 votes in it.

The conservative opposition finished with a little more than 35% of the votes, the ruling Socialists with just a little less than 35%.

With a general election set for next March these polls were a vital test of the government’s popularity.

There was speculation that a good result might tempt Prime Minister Zapatero into calling a snap poll.

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