<--Ibiza Travel Guide

POLITICAL BACKGROUND:
Well before the Spanish civil war (1936-1939) and its famous battles, and during the dark years of Franco's dictatorial grip on the country, Spains' population was severly divided between the political far right (the 'Fachas'.....short for Fascists) and the politcal far left.....(los 'Rojos'......or communist/socialists).

Ibiza's citizens, with respect to political leanings, were no different.

RELATED:

CURRENT POLITICAL PANORAMA ON IBIZA



In fact, the founder of todays opposition party, the 'Partido Popular' and of its' predecesor political party the-'Alianza Popular'...was Don Manuel Fraga, . He had served as propaganda minister under the dictator, Franco.
Having lost twice in presidential elections, he served during the last 15 years, as President of Galicia. Both Manuel Fraga and Ibiza's wealthiest citizen, Abel Matutes influenced the nomination of José María Aznar, who won the general elections of March 3, 1996, with 37.6% of the vote, ending 13 years of PSOE ('Partido Socialista Oberero Español') socialist government.
Mostly, the victory was due to consistent corruption scandals while the Socialists were in power.

RECENT POLITICAL EVENTS:

The Partido Popular lost the general elections of March 14, 2004, and was replaced by the opposition Partido Socialista. led by
José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero
The socialists won a landslide victory, which was influenced by the 11-M Islamic terrorist attack on the Atocha train station of Madrid, as well as by the very unpopular decision on the part of the Aznar govermnment to support President Bush with military troops in Irak.

President Bush and President Jose Maria Aznar of Spain shake hands at the end a joint press conference at the Bush Ranch in Crawford, Texas, Saturday, Feb. 22, 2003
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President José María Aznar meets with Florida Governor Jeb Bush (02/17/03)

The visit to Spain by Jeb Bush, had a disastrous and non-intended effect on public opinion in Spain, especially after his televised press conference, in which he affirmed (in faulty Spanish): "....I am so happy to be here in the Republic of Spain..." (*Editor's note: Spain is a constitutional MONARCHY....a kingdom...not a 'Republic'), while Jeb Bush spoke of the "......tremendous benefits" to Spain as a result of support for Bush in Irak, much of Spain remained unconvinced. In fact, his comments were ridiculed in the press and on the streets of Spain.

The first step of the new Zapatero government was to make good on his election promise, announcing the withdrawal of all Spanish troops in Irak, and cancellation of any further Spanish miliary support for Bush administration policies in that country.

The tumultuous events of recent national elections have established Spain as being a bouyantly healthy democracy,
whose citizens have proven that they do, in fact have the last word about political change, and that they no longer need
arms to provoke the changes.


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