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Eduard Gisbert re-elected mayor of El Masnou [ Friday, 20 Jul 07 | 10:53 ]
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Eduard Gisbert, reelegit alcalde del Masnou

En una solemne cerimònia, Eduard Gisbert ha estat reelegit com a alcalde del Masnou, amb els vots del PSC i d'ICV EUiA. Els regidors i regidores de CiU i PP van donar suport a les seves candidatures, mentre que ERC, fins ara al Govern d'esquerres, va votar en blanc.

In a solemn ceremony, Eduard Gisbert has been reelected as the mayor of El Masnou, with the votes of the PSC (socialists) and ICV EUiA (the “greens” or eco-socialists.) The council members of the CiU (center-right nationalist) and PP (center-right “populares”) lend their support to their own candidates, while the ERC (center-left nationalist or “republicans”) vote a blank ballot.

Previously the PSC, ICV EUiA, and ERC formed a three-party pact, but this time the ERC wanted to be part of the opposition. I think that is a mistake, but they did the same thing in the city of Barcelona. They will find less in common with CiU and PP, especially the PP.

So now there is a two-party pact governing El Masnou with the socialists and further left eco-socialists. There probably will be little change from the past four years which was the first time the “left” took over from the “right” since the end of the dictatorship.

The mayor-elect is holding a staff or scepter as a symbol of being head of the town council. It is common to see pictures of newly elected mayors in Spain with a scepter in their hand.

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[User Picture]From: gorkabear
Friday, 20 Jul 07 | 11:39 (UTC)
Did you notice that the whole spanish political system is "parliamentary"? That is, we don't elect presidents, primer ministers or mayor. We elect in lists that become the "legislative branch" in an assembly and they choose the "executive branch". We don't elect anyone for "judicial branch".

There have been voices to change the system to something more presidential-style. However, my favourite reform would be plain open lists: choose whomever you want from any party, like we do for the senate
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[User Picture]From: ursine1
Friday, 20 Jul 07 | 12:34 (UTC)

Different systems...

In the States people may run for the office of mayor or they may be chosen by the new town council. It depends on each town how this is done. Usually the greatest "voter getter" is chosen by the council.

As for President of the US, lists of "electors" are presented by the various political parties in each State. So you vote for the list, like in Spain. Presidential electors are selected on a state-by-state basis as determined by the laws of each State. In most States, the candidates that win the popular vote "takes all", meaning all the electors of a specific list are chosen.

When I was a kid, there were some States where the electors are not required to vote for the person they were supposed to and are called "faithless electors". California has "pledged" elector lists, which means they are required by law to vote for the candidate they represent.

After every Presidential election there are calls to reform the Electoral College, especially after 2000 when Al Gore won the popular vote, but loss in the Electoral College. But despite all the noise, nothing changed.

So when you say "more presidential-style", I hope you don't mean the style used in the US!

Chuck
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[User Picture]From: gorkabear
Friday, 20 Jul 07 | 12:39 (UTC)

Re: Different systems...

The model I was thinking of was France. But they're about to change that soon. France needs small revolutions every 40 years to keep things as usual :)
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