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Spanish Politics II



Introduction

As defined in its first article of the Spanish Constitution (1978), Spain is a social and democratic State, ruled by law, and whose sovereignty emanates from the Spanish people. The political form of Spain is that of a Parliamentary Monarchy. The King of Spain is Juan Carlos I.

The Spanish people are represented by Las Cortes Generales, formed by El Congreso de los Diputados (The Congress of Deputies) and El Senado (The Senate). The deputies or diputados are elected by universal, free, equal, direct and secret suffrage. The Congreso must have between a minimum of 300 and a maximum of 400 diputados. The Senate is the House of Territorial representation.

Elecciones generales 2000

This vocabulary will help you with the exercises:

Porcentaje, el:
Por ciento (%):
Escaños:
Electorado:
Votantes:

Percentage
Per cent
Seats
Electorate
Actual voters

 

  • Gráficos

    The following charts represent the distribution of escaños in Las Cortes of Spain as a result of the general elections of 2000.

    • First, click on the abbreviation of each political party to know its official name.

      Congreso de los Diputados


      Senado

    • Now, do this exercise:

      .

      Some of those parties are regional. Mark all the regional parties:

      BNG
      PP
      IU
      CIU
      PSOE



  • Análisis

    Based of the data included in the charts, complete the sentences spelling out the numbers:

    1. Hay escaños de Izquierda Unida en el Congreso.

    2. Hay una diferencia de escaños entre el Partido Popular y el PSOE.

    3. El Congreso tiene un total de diputados.

    4. En las elecciones generales del 2000, había un electorado de 33.969.640. Votaron 23.339.490 personas. ¿Cuál fue aproximadamente el porcentaje de participación? (si necesitas ayuda, usa esta calculadora):

    sesenta y cinco por ciento
    sesenta y uno por ciento
    setenta por ciento
    sesenta y nueve por ciento

 

Links

Note: The Partido de Independientes de Lanzarote doesn't seem to have a web site. Convergència i Unió is formed by Convergència Democrática de Catalunya and Unió Democrática de Catalunya.

 


Charts created according to data from Instituto Nacional de Estadística

 

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