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Spain's ruling party wins Galicia vote

10-22-2012 05:05 BJT

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Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has secured backing for his austerity drive in a vote in his home region of Galicia, but a clear win for nationalist parties in the Basque Country could soon prove a headache for the central government.

According to exit polls, Spain’s ruling centre-right People’s Party was set to retain its absolute majority and government in Galicia with 39 to 42 seats in the regional parliament, compared with 18 to 20 seats for the Socialist Party, and 15 to 18 seats for two nationalist parties.

The Galician result will give the prime minister some political breathing space after polls showed him losing support amid massive demonstrations against spending cuts in public services and successive tax hikes.

The central government has offered funding to the regions in exchange for more control over local finances. So far, seven regions, including Catalonia, have said they would tap this liquidity line. The Basque Country is not expected to do so.

 

Editor:Zhang Dan |Source: CCTV.com

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