Close result opens door to 4th term for GSD

Close result opens door to 4th term for GSD

by PANORAMA reporter
The ruling GSD have secured a fourth successive term in the Gibraltar general election.Chief Minister Peter Caruana topped the poll and his
party obtained 49% of the votes.
The opposition GSLP/Liberal alliance led by Joe Bossano obtained 45% of the votes, an increase of 4% compared to the 2003 election. Just over 16,000 votes were cast, representing 81% of the electorate.
Two members of the Alliance, leader Joe Bossano and Fabian Picardo, broke into the GSD's Top Ten, which reflected the closeness of the result. The GSD acquired just 4% more votes than the GSLP/Liberals, in what is seen as a tight result.
"It's been a very close thing," said Bossano.
The state of the parties had been neck and neck last weekend, as predicted in the PANORAMA poll.
According to Caruana, the PANORAMA opinion poll had mobilised and crystallised the block vote for the GSD and the GSLP/Liberals, squeezing out others.
Three GSLP members of the Alliance were not elected: Paul Balban, Maribel Chellaram and Lucio Randall. But for the first time since the Alliance was established, the Liberals got their three candidates elected: Leader Joseph Garcia, Neil Costa and Steven Linares.
There are now 4 GSLP and 3 Liberals in the Opposition.
Bossano strongly defended the continuation of the Alliance, and had words of praise for Liberal leader Joseph Garcia.




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