Spain’s political landscape is set to change after a night of mixed results.
In the Basque country, the socialist party looks set to gain control at the expense of the regions moderate nationalists.
Despite winning the biggest share of the vote, the PNV party led by Juan Jose Ibarretxe seems destined for opposition. The dominant force for nearly 30 years it was only able to win 30 seats in the regions 75 seat parliament. While, it may seek potential alliances with the regions other nationalist parties, it will not be enough to form a coalition, and any deal with the regions socialists or conservatives would almost be unthinkable.
That means the Basque socialists, who won a total of 24 seats are favourites to take control. They could form a partnership with the regions conservatives, although that also remains uncertain.
Jubilant socialist leader Patxi Lopez said he would seek the support to become the regions new political leader. If he gets it, the non-nationalist parties would rule the Basque region for the first time since it became semi-autonomous.
Elsewhere, in the northwestern Galicia region it was a disappointing night for the socialists and one of joy for the conservative Popular Party. The socialist party’s regional leader has already announced his resignation.
For the PP, which has been dogged by scandals at a national level, the result is being seen as a godsend to the party’s chief Mariano Rajoy, after the party’s candidate Nunez Feijoo won an absolute majority.