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  Mon, Jan 21, 2008
Serbia 2008 Presidential Election
Serbia, which held a presidential election last January 20, returns to the polls for a runoff presidential vote on February 3, and I'm covering the event on Global Economy Matters, under Déjà vu: ultranationalist Nikolić wins plurality in Serbian presidential election...but loses runoff vote.

posted by Manuel Álvarez-Rivera : 01/21/2008 13:29 | permanent link

  Sat, Jan 19, 2008
Faroe Islands 2008 Løgting election results
Elections to the Faroese Løgting now has countrywide results of the January 19, 2008 Løgting election, in which the Republican Party won the largest number of votes and seats, but the Unionist-Social Democratic-Conservative coalition government of Prime Minister Jóannes Eidesgaard retained an overall parliamentary majority.

posted by Manuel Álvarez-Rivera : 01/19/2008 20:20 | permanent link

  Wed, Jan 16, 2008
Spain Election 2008: Redistribution of seats slightly favors Socialist Party
(Esta entrada está disponible también en español.)

In the general election of next March 9 in Spain, four provinces - Córdoba, La Coruña, Soria and Vizcaya - will lose a seat in the Congress of Deputies, while another four - Alicante, Almería, Murcia and Toledo - will have an extra seat in the lower house of the Spanish Cortes.

Had the 2004 general election taken place under the new distribution of Congress seats, the ruling Socialist Party (PSOE) would have lost one seat in both La Coruña and Vizcaya, while the opposition People's Party (PP) would have had a seat fewer in Córdoba as well as Soria. However, PSOE would have captured the additional seats in Alicante, Murcia and Toledo, whereas PP would have only won the newly-added seat in Almería. In all, PSOE would have had a net gain of one seat, for a total of 165, while PP would have come down by one, to 147 seats. Meanwhile, the remaining nine parties represented in Congress would have obtained the same number of seats they won in the last election.

posted by Manuel Álvarez-Rivera : 01/16/2008 20:37 | permanent link

Elecciones España 2008: Redistribución de escaños favorece ligeramente al Partido Socialista
(This posting is also available in English.)

En las elecciones generales del próximo 9 de marzo en España, cuatro provincias - Córdoba, La Coruña, Soria y Vizcaya - perderán un escaño en el Congreso de los Diputados, mientras que otras cuatro - Alicante, Almería, Murcia y Toledo - contarán con un escaño adicional en la cámara baja de las Cortes Españolas.

Si las elecciones generales de 2004 se hubiesen llevado a cabo bajo la nueva distribución de escaños en el Congreso, el gobernante Partido Socialista (PSOE) hubiera perdido un escaño en La Coruña así como en Vizcaya, mientras que el opositor Partido Popular (PP) hubiera contado con un escaño menos tanto en Córdoba como en Soria. Sin embargo, el PSOE hubiera capturado los escaños adicionales de Alicante, Murcia y Toledo, mientras que el PP hubiera conseguido solamente el recien añadido escaño de Almería. En resumidas cuentas, el PSOE hubiera tenido una ganancia neta de un escaño, para un total de 165, mientras que el PP hubiera bajado por uno, a 147 escaños. Entre tanto, los restantes nueve partidos representados en el Congreso hubieran obtenido el mismo número de escaños que ganaron en las pasadas elecciones.

posted by Manuel Álvarez-Rivera : 01/16/2008 20:37 | permanent link

  Mon, Jan 14, 2008
Gobierno de España convoca a elecciones generales
(This posting is also available in English.)

El gobierno del presidente (primer ministro) español José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero ha aprobado en el día de hoy el decreto para disolver las Cortes - la legislatura bicameral de España - y celebrar elecciones generales el domingo, 9 de marzo de 2008.

Elecciones al Congreso de los Diputados de España tiene información detallada sobre el sistema electoral español.

Actualización

El Boletín Oficial del Estado tiene el texto completo del Real Decreto 33/2008, de 14 de enero, de disolución del Congreso de los Diputados y del Senado y de convocatoria de elecciones.

posted by Manuel Álvarez-Rivera : 01/14/2008 11:03 | permanent link

Spain's government calls a general election
(Esta entrada está disponible también en español.)

The government of Spanish prime minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero has approved today the decree to dissolve the Cortes - Spain's bicameral legislature - and hold a general election on Sunday, March 9, 2008.

Elections to the Spanish Congress of Deputies has detailed information about Spain's electoral system.

Update

The Official Spanish Gazette has the full (Spanish-language) text of Royal Decree 33/2008, of January 14, of dissolution of the Congress of Deputies and the Senate and call to elections.

posted by Manuel Álvarez-Rivera : 01/14/2008 11:03 | permanent link