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Major losses for Spain's ruling party in local elections

Monday, May 25, 2015 - 01:05

Anti-austerity parties celebrate as Spain's ruling party suffers worst local election results in 20 years. Julie Noce reports.

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Supporters of Spain's anti-austerity political parties celebrated in the streets of Madrid Sunday after local elections saw the ruling People's Party handed its worst defeat in more than 20 years. Members of Podemos, or "We Can" party, said the results signified voters' desire for a change. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) PODEMOS SUPPORTER, VANESSA, STUDENT FROM MADRID, SAYING: "This is the change. This is the possibility to finally be able to finish 24 years of repressive and dictatorial People's Party government. People are hopeful that change is possible and it is possible to have a different city for everybody." Although the conservative ruling PP did win more votes than any other party, it and the rival Socialists fell short of overall majorities in most areas. The country has virtually no tradition in compromise politics as the PP and Socialists have alternated power since the end of dictatorship 40 years ago. The two parties will now have to negotiate coalitions with minority parties ahead of the November general elections.

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Major losses for Spain's ruling party in local elections

Monday, May 25, 2015 - 01:05