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This is a closed-party-list system. The battle to get a "safe" position in a constituency list happens within the party.

A lot of dissident backbenchers knew back in September during the constitutional reform debacle that they would not repeat. Some people in the party leadership, or in the cabinet, had decided not to run for a seat again.

Zapatero is not running for a seat. The party's organization secretary, Jose Blanco, is. Rubalcaba, the leading candidate, will run for Madrid, but he holds no party or government positions so he doesn't have a position to resign after losing big tonight.

To err is of course human. But to mess things up spectacularly, we need an elite — Yanis Varoufakis

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sun Nov 20th, 2011 at 01:56:46 PM EST
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