Voters in Spain's northern Basque country yesterday ended a 29-year nationalist stranglehold on power, leaving the way open for prime minister José Luis Rodríguez's socialists to lead a new government in the region.
Although no single party won an overall majority, the defeat of the Basque Nationalist party, led by the currrent regional prime minister, Juan José Ibarretxe, and its allies looked set to usher in a new era of Basque politics.
"It is an historic result," the socialist MP Eduardo Madina said. "It is the first time the nationalists have not had the majority."
Unfortunately the ETA assault on the democratic process continues:
Election day in the Basque country brought molotov cocktail attacks on a courthouse and several banks in the town of Amorebieta.