View Full Version : Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero next PM in SPAIN !!!!!!:)

15 maart 2004, 08:14
Spain's next prime minister will be 43-year-old Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, who has criticized outgoing premier Jose Maria Aznar for his unswerving support for the United States and has threatened to pull out 1,300 Spanish troops from Iraq.

With almost all votes counted, the Socialists had won 42.6 percent of the vote to the PP's 37.6 percent as voters turned out in large numbers to reaffirm their faith in democracy amid the upheaval over the bombings which also injured 1,500 people.

Hours before polling began on Sunday, the government revealed it had a videotape, purportedly from Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda, saying it carried out the coordinated attacks in retaliation for Spain's support for the United States.

Protesters shouted "Liar" and "Get our troops out of Iraq" at PP prime ministerial candidate Mariano Rajoy when he voted.

Zapatero's first thought after winning was to remember those killed in Thursday's attack and to pledge his immediate priority would be "fighting terrorism."

"Right now, I am thinking about all the lives broken by terror on Thursday," he said, asking a crowd of excited supporters to respect a minute's silence.

Zapatero said his "government of change" would be marked by dialogue and transparency. He is expected to be a much more conciliatory politician than the hard-line Aznar.

The Socialists' surprise win sparked wild rejoicing among their supporters after eight years out of power.

:lol: "It's like a dream...Now things are going to change, and change for the better in every sense," said Carlos del Puerto, a 24-year-old mechanic.

BYE BYE AZNAR...The triple B's are next !!!!