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Saturday

Iberia goes to the polls

Tomorrow, voters across Portugal and Spain will go to the polls. Portuguese voters will elect a new Assembly of the Republic and a new government, while Spanish voters will vote over the Constitutional Treaty of the European Union.

The Portuguese Socialist Party is the most probable winner of the Portuguese elections; the question is whether it will obtain a stable majority, or whether it will be forced to form a coalition with other left-leaning parties. In Spain, the electorate is most likely to approve the Constitutional Treaty with a relaxed "Yes" victory. It will be the first country to do so through a referendum; while Slovenia, Hungary and Lithuania have already done so through parliamentary votes.

It is an interesting coincidence that both countries hold elections on the same day. As time goes by, it becomes more evident how the history of these two countries is almost inseparable. Thirty years ago both countries were emerging from decades-long dictatorships that inhibited social, political, cultural and economic growth in the region; today, citizens in both countries express their will through these most solemn democratic acts.

1 Comments:

At 6:16 PM, Blogger sirbarrett said...

It's funny that you say that Spanish and Portuguese histories are intertwined. Certainly they are in some way, but when I asked my friend from Portugal whether Spanish was her native tongue then, she was apalled. I was just another ignorant foreigner. I'm leaving for your country tomorrow, so it will be exciting to see the new socialist majority in action. I've never been to Portugal before and only outside of North America once. This is a big deal. So I'm trying to catch up on your politics. It's not a simple thing to do. Anyway, handy to have your blog around to get some idea.

 

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