Electoral shift to right

Zapatero's Socialists defeated by People's party in regional elections

Results seen as protest vote against Spain's José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero's handling of economy since 2008

The PSOE socialist party of Spanish prime minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero is licking its wounds after defeat by the conservative opposition People's party (PP) in municipal and regional elections.

Source: Guardian


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