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Spain: Left-wing Basque separatist party takes second place in regional elections02:03

Spain: Left-wing Basque separatist party takes second place in regional elections

Spain, San Sabastian
September 26, 2016 at 08:39 GMT -00:00 · Published

The Basque separatist politician Arnaldo Otegi spoke in San Sebastian, Sunday, as regional election results placed his pro-independence political coalition, Basque Country Unite (EH Bildu), in second place behind the Basque Nationalist Party.

"In Madrid you dreamt about the definitive burial of the pro-independent left-wing; Here we are: the second largest political force. 225,000 votes, seventeen seats and still pending on the eighteenth," said Otegi, adding "Here we are, stronger than ever, to tell you that this is our roof from below. The assault to the skies begins from today."

Otegi emphasised that most seats went to Basque separatist parties, stating "57 or 58 seats from 75 say this is a Nation with the right to decide, 57 from 75."

Otegi continued, "Today this Country has once again shown, that far from being the past, we, the pro-independent left movement, are present and above all, we are future in this (Basque) Country. Long live the free Basque country! Long live the socialist Basque country!"

Sunday's election results fail to end the country's prolonged political stalemate, with the Basque Nationalist Party taking the most votes, at just under 38 percent, but failing to win an outright majority with just 29 out of 75 seats in total.

The left-wing Basque Country Unite (Eh Bildu) coalition took 17 seats, with over 21 percent of the votes, with Podemos overtaking the Socialists, taking 11 seats and receiving just under 15 percent. The Socialist Party (PSOE) claimed 9 seats, taking almost 12 percent of the vote, while Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's People's Party (PP) received just 10 percent of the vote, picking up 9 seats.

Experts expect the Basque Nationalist Party to attempt a regional coalition alongside the Socialists (PSOE).

Spain: Left-wing Basque separatist party takes second place in regional elections02:03
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The Basque separatist politician Arnaldo Otegi spoke in San Sebastian, Sunday, as regional election results placed his pro-independence political coalition, Basque Country Unite (EH Bildu), in second place behind the Basque Nationalist Party.

"In Madrid you dreamt about the definitive burial of the pro-independent left-wing; Here we are: the second largest political force. 225,000 votes, seventeen seats and still pending on the eighteenth," said Otegi, adding "Here we are, stronger than ever, to tell you that this is our roof from below. The assault to the skies begins from today."

Otegi emphasised that most seats went to Basque separatist parties, stating "57 or 58 seats from 75 say this is a Nation with the right to decide, 57 from 75."

Otegi continued, "Today this Country has once again shown, that far from being the past, we, the pro-independent left movement, are present and above all, we are future in this (Basque) Country. Long live the free Basque country! Long live the socialist Basque country!"

Sunday's election results fail to end the country's prolonged political stalemate, with the Basque Nationalist Party taking the most votes, at just under 38 percent, but failing to win an outright majority with just 29 out of 75 seats in total.

The left-wing Basque Country Unite (Eh Bildu) coalition took 17 seats, with over 21 percent of the votes, with Podemos overtaking the Socialists, taking 11 seats and receiving just under 15 percent. The Socialist Party (PSOE) claimed 9 seats, taking almost 12 percent of the vote, while Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's People's Party (PP) received just 10 percent of the vote, picking up 9 seats.

Experts expect the Basque Nationalist Party to attempt a regional coalition alongside the Socialists (PSOE).

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