Conservative victories could prove decisive in breaking nine-month political stalemate at national level
By RAFA DE MIGUEL
Regional elections held in two northern Spanish regions on Sunday yielded predictable outcomes, reflecting the problems in breaking a nine-month deadlock in national politics.
The conservative Popular Party (PP) reaffirmed its hold on Galicia, where the incumbent premier Alberto Núñez Feijóo won a third term in office with an absolute majority of 41 seats in the regional parliament, representing over 48% of all votes.
The leftist En Marea coalition, which includes the anti-austerity Podemos, secured the same number of seats (14) as the Galician Socialists, but mathematically attracted 16,000 votes more than them.