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AFTER THE WAR | IN BRIEF / SPAIN

Ruling Party Holds Ground Despite War

May 26, 2003|From Times Wire Reports

Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar's party held its ground in local voting, the first test of public sentiment since Aznar angered Spaniards by backing war in Iraq.

The opposition Socialists had hoped to tarnish Aznar's party for supporting the invasion and for its handling of an oil tanker spill. But they were only slightly ahead in the overall vote count, 34.7% to 33.9%, with 99% of ballots tallied. Significant change in the distribution of local political power was unlikely.

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