Balearics broken as expats are excluded

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The Balearic Islands are now as split politically as they are physically with each of the four main parties now sending representatives to Madrid. 

Despite winning a majority in Palma, the PP slid to just 28.1 per cent across Mallorca while insurgent anti-austerity party Podemos captured 24.78 per cent. Both Podemos and the third-placed Socialist party will send two deputies to Congress while the PP has three and Ciudadanos just one. 

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Mallorcan coalition Més saw a sizeable section of their support flock to the emergent Podemos, winning just 5.75 per cent and gaining no representation in the capital. 

With no party winning a national majority and a doubtlessly long period of tense negotiations and instability on the horizon, one can only wonder what impact a million-strong expat resident vote would have had, and whether a change in voting rights will be a part of the new politics promised.





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