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20-N or 20 November PDF
Sunday, 20 November 2011 00:00

Today is 20-N, as they call it in Spanish - 20 November. A significant date in recent Spanish history. It’s the date of General Franco’s death in 1975 and on the same date in 1936 José Antonio Primo de Rivera died. And today of course it’s the Spanish General Election.

General Francisco Franco, Spain’s dictator for almost 40 years, lost his struggle for life just after midnight on 20 November 1975, at the age of 82, just two weeks before his 83rd birthday.

José Antonio Primo de Rivera, founder of the Spanish fascist party, the Falange, died on the same date 39 years before.

And today, Spaniards go to the polls to elect a new government.

The polls closed today at 20.00 hours and the count, which started earlier in the day, will continue until all results are in.

According to opinion polls there won’t be any surprises, with the conservative Partido Popular (PP), the People’s party, predicted to gain a landslide victory, with final polls putting their lead 20 points over the socialists as voters blame outgoing socialist prime minister Jose Luis Rodríguez Zapatero's government for Spain's economic woes.

The PP leader, Mariano Rajoy, will inherit a country in crisis, but an overwhelming victory could help calm the markets, handing Mr Rajoy’s party the absolute majority deemed necessary to push through a new round of austerity measures and job-creation incentives intended to cut the public deficit while creating economic growth.

In the meantime I can only regret that I am unable to cast a vote. As an EU citizen, albeit a resident, I, like millions of other foreigners who live here, may not vote in national elections. See Voting Rights - UK or Spain? for more on this.

© Paul Whitelock


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Paul Whitelock

Paul is a Joint Honours graduate in Spanish and German, a qualified teacher (PGCE) and has a Member of the Institute of Linguists (MIL) qualification.

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