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October 30, 1989 | WILLIAM D. MONTALBANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Pragmatic Socialist Prime Minister Felipe Gonzalez was elected to a third term Sunday in a national parliamentary vote that proved both a runaway and a cliffhanger. The Socialist victory in the multi-party race was clear in results of exit polls broadcast within minutes after voting ended Sunday evening. Then came hours of waiting to see if Gonzalez had been able to preserve a majority that had been eight seats after the last elections in 1986. He did--barely.
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May 16, 2001 | From Associated Press
A letter bomb exploded Tuesday in the face of a journalist who has denounced separatist bloodshed, the first outburst of violence since regional elections two days earlier produced a victory for a moderate Basque nationalist party. Gorka Landaburu, a reporter for the Spanish magazine Cambio 16 and several national TV stations, sustained serious injuries to his face, hand and abdomen, but his life was not in danger, hospital officials said.
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February 21, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
The president of Spain's Basque region called early elections for May 13, setting the stage for a fierce political fight over how to end decades of violence by the separatist group ETA. Juan Jose Ibarretxe, whose mainstream Basque Nationalist Party, or PNV, governs with a minority in the regional parliament, made the announcement.
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May 14, 2001 | MARJORIE MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The violent separatist group ETA was the clear loser in elections Sunday for a semiautonomous government in Spain's Basque Country, but there was no outright winner of the bloodied region's polarized vote. The party widely regarded as the ETA's political wing, Euskal Herritarrok, lost half the 14 seats it held in the 75-member Basque parliament--a stark rejection of the guerrilla group's campaign of bombings and assassinations in the name of independence from Spain.
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May 23, 1995
Regional and municipal elections across Spain Sunday may deal Felipe Gonzalez's ruling Socialist Party its biggest blow since Gonzalez came to power in 1982, the latest polls indicate. Corruption scandals involving Socialist leaders have intensified voter disenchantment. The conservative Popular Party led by Jose Maria Aznar is expected to win Sunday's regional elections outright except in an impoverished rural region on the Portuguese border.
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October 18, 1994
Elections Sunday in Spain's northern Basque region will test separatist sentiment and the strength of Prime Minister Felipe Gonzalez's flagging Socialist Party. The restive Basque area, one of 17 autonomous regions in post-Franco Spain, is home to ETA separatist terrorists whose drive for independence has claimed more than 700 lives in the last 25 years. In a seven-party race, ETA's political arm is battling to hold on to its 13 seats in the 75-member regional parliament.
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October 10, 1992 | WILLIAM D. MONTALBANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Seasons change. A gigantic national celebration of Spain's historic and democratic accomplishments is ending here, overtaken almost overnight by vexing questions about the Spanish future. "It was a big fiesta, but now the accounts are coming due, and as usual it is the everyday people who are asked to pay," said Maruja Torres, a naysaying columnist at the newspaper El Pais.
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June 5, 1993 | WILLIAM D. MONTALBANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Today is an official pre-election "Day of Reflection" in Spain, leaving overheated politicians to quietly ponder the pride and pitfalls of their campaigns and allowing a decisive number of undecided voters to mull from what perspective they should select a new government. See the forest, how well it has grown, Prime Minister Felipe Gonzalez has told them in his quest for a fourth term after roughly a decade in office.
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April 13, 1993 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Spain's Socialist prime minister, Felipe Gonzalez, called for early general elections to measure public support for his market-oriented economic reforms and his divided party. Gonzalez cited the tense atmosphere surrounding debate about the country's recession as the reason for calling the election for June 6. The early vote will allow economic policies to be implemented in "a climate without the anxiety and tension that we're now experiencing in political debate," Gonzalez said.
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August 27, 1989
Spanish Prime Minister Felipe Gonzalez will dissolve Parliament late this week and call early elections to coincide with the seventh anniversary of his Socialist Party's first victory, Spain's leading newspaper reported. The independent newspaper El Pais said the 47-year-old leader will set elections for Oct. 29, during which he will be seeking an unprecedented third term for the Socialists.
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February 21, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
The president of Spain's Basque region called early elections for May 13, setting the stage for a fierce political fight over how to end decades of violence by the separatist group ETA. Juan Jose Ibarretxe, whose mainstream Basque Nationalist Party, or PNV, governs with a minority in the regional parliament, made the announcement.
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March 13, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar swept to victory in Spain's general election, crushing the opposition Socialists to capture an absolute majority in parliament for the first time. In a vote Aznar had been predicted to win by only the narrowest of margins, his center-right Popular Party claimed 183 seats in the 350-seat legislature. With 99% of the votes counted, the Popular Party had 44.7% to the Socialists' 34%.
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March 12, 2000 | RICHARD BOUDREAUX, TIMES STAFF WRITER
He still looks the part of a provincial tax inspector, the job he held before rising, improbably, to govern Spain. His heavy eyebrows and mustache seem to suppress any instinct to smile, even for the voters he needs again today. Yet as he wound up his reelection campaign, Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar projected the image of a leader who has grown in stature and confidence to become, thanks to Spain's booming economy, the standard-bearer for Europe's few ruling conservatives.
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October 26, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
Moderate nationalists won elections in Spain's Basque Country that could set the course for the region's peace process following a cease-fire by separatist guerrillas. The ruling Basque Nationalist Party, or PNV, took 21 seats in the 75-seat regional parliament, down from 22 in the 1996 election, official returns showed. The results give the PNV the right to form another coalition government. The political arm of the rebel group Basque Homeland and Freedom, or ETA, gained 14 seats, up from 11.
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May 5, 1996 | Associated Press
Spain's Congress of Deputies elected Jose Maria Aznar prime minister on Saturday, making him the country's first conservative premier in 13 years. "A new era has begun in the democratic history of Spain," Aznar said after the vote. Aznar, a 43-year-old former tax inspector, was to be sworn in today by King Juan Carlos I as Spain's fourth prime minister since dictator Francisco Franco died in 1975.
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March 4, 1996 | From Associated Press
The conservative Popular Party--the party tied to the 1939-1975 fascist dictatorship of Gen. Francisco Franco--declared victory in Spain's election Sunday, saying it had ended the scandal-plagued Socialists' 13 years in power. Jose Maria Aznar, leader of the Popular Party, told thousands of followers in a victory speech that he would represent "all Spain" as prime minister and pledged to offer "a hand held out in tolerance."
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October 29, 1989 | WILLIAM D. MONTALBANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
At the rostrum, an earnestly bearded candidate is in full cry, but all seven photographers in the homey auditorium with butterscotch walls ignore him, focusing instead on a smiling schoolmarm in the first row. When her turn comes to promise Socialist elixir to quench Spanish political thirst, the graying, blue-collar crowd of 400 rises in welcome.
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June 11, 1987 | Associated Press
The governing Socialists lost ground Wednesday in elections for the European Parliament and city halls, but held on as Spain's dominant party. Early official results appeared to bear out expected voter dissatisfaction with Prime Minister Felipe Gonzalez's government after five months of strikes and labor protests over austere economic policies and an unemployment rate of 21.5%, the highest in Europe.
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December 29, 1995 | From Times Wire Services
Buffeted by political scandals, four-time Prime Minister Felipe Gonzalez on Thursday called early elections after reluctantly agreeing to run. Gonzalez, picked by his Spanish Socialist Workers' Party last week, set parliamentary elections for March 3, more than a year before the end of his mandate. He was not obliged to call elections until June 1997. The prime minister moved quickly into the campaign mode, saying a conservative government might not be able to lead Spain into the 21st century.
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May 30, 1995 | ELIZABETH NASH, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
After decades as also-rans, Spanish conservatives basked in political preeminence Monday after a decisive victory in regional and municipal elections around the country. Jose Maria Aznar, leader of the conservative Popular Party, hailed the result as "a sweeping triumph." His party's 35% share of the national vote in multi-party contests marked the best showing ever by a right-wing party in democratic Spanish elections.
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