Spain: Socialists Examine Zapatero´s Succession

Madrid, May 25 (Prensa Latina) After its fiasco in regional and municipal elections on Sunday, the governing Spanish Socialist Worker´s Party (PSOE) will start a desperate race to elect its representative for the 2012 general elections.

Spanish President and PSOE general secretary Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero on Wednesday ended the open debate on what kind of method should be used to designate his replacement by confirming the celebration of party primary elections.

Zapatero blocked those who wanted the PSOE to hold an extraordinary congress to replace the General Secretariat, especially after party’s defeat in regional and local elections to the right-wing Popular Party.

Zapatero´s popularity rate has gone down due to his management of the economic crisis, high unemployment rates, and severe austerity measures, and he has announced he would not seek a third term.

His replacement will be elected in the process of primary elections that begins Saturday, and the favorite candidates are First Vice President Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba and Defense Minister Carmen Chacon.

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