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General Elections in Spain 2008
9th March 2008

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The next General Election in Spain will be on 9th March 2008. The Election was called by Spain's current Socialist government under the leadership of Prime Minister, José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero Spain.

As a nation Spain has two dominant political parties the PSOE and PP. (see below)

In the autonomous communities like Catalonia and the Basque Country regional parties play a much greater role and are essential to government coalitions.


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PSOE
Partido Socialista Obrero Español.
Spanish Socialist Workers' Party.
Current leader (2008) José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero.
http://www.psoe.es

The Spanish Socialist Workers' Party is a social-democratic party and ruling party in Spain since the general election of March 14, 2004 until 9th Martch 2008. It forms part of the Party of European Socialists and is a member of the Socialist International.


PP
Partido Popular.
People's Party.
Current leader (2008) Mariano Rajoy.
http://www.pp.es
 
The People's Party is a conservative and the main party of the centre-right in Spain. It is the second of the two major political parties in Spain, the other being the socialist PSOE. The PP is a member of the International Democrat Union, the Christian Democrat International and the European People's Party (EPP).

Current leader of PP in Catalonia: Josep Piqué


Main regional parties in Catalunya

PSC
Partit dels Socialistes de Catalunya.
Socialists' Party of Catalonia.
Current leader (2008) José Montilla.
Social democratic. Affiliated to the Spanish Socialist Party, (PSOE).
http://www.socialistes.cat


CiU
Convergencia i Unió.
Convergence and Unity.
Current leader (2008) Artur Mas.
http://www.ciu.cat

CiU is a federated political party consisting of an alliance of two constituent parties, the bigger Convergència Democràtica de Catalunya (Democratic Alliance of Catalonia) and its smaller counterpart, Unió Democràtica de Catalunya (Democratic Union of Catalonia).


ERC.
Esquerra Republicana de Catalunya.
Republican Left of Catalonia.
Current leader (2008) Josep-Lluís Carod-Rovira.
http://www.esquerra.cat

Left-wing Catalan republican and separatist Party that campaigns for independence for Catalonia and Catalan Countries from France and Spain


ICV-EUiA.
Iniciativa per Catalunya Verd & Esquerra Unida i Alternativa.
Alliance of  Initiative for Catalonia Greens & United and Alternative Left.
Current leader (2008) Joan Saura.

Websites:
http://www.iniciativa.cat
http://www.euia.cat

C's.
Partit de la Ciutadania.
The Citizens' Party.
Current leader (2008) Albert Rivera.
http://www.ciutadans-ciudadanos.net

Social democratic, social liberalist and non-nationalist party. which describes itself as Centre-Left and Non-Nationalist created in Catalonia as "a response to Catalan nationalism.”