27 May, 2019 @ 13:45
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The PP take control of the Costa Blanca, winning Alicante city, Benidorm and Torrevieja

SPAIN’S conservative party (PP) has come out on top of yesterday’s municipal elections in the province of Alicante.

The PP won 595 councillor seats in the Costa Blanca province, 30 more than the socialist party’s (PSOE-PSPV) 565.

Compromis trailed in third with 181 municipal councillor seats, followed by Ciudadanos with 129.

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The major cities of the province – Alicante, Torrevieja and Benidorm – all fell to the PP, except for Elche which remained red.

The PP also regained control of the Provincial Council of Alicante, keeping their 15 councillors, while PSOE won 13.

A conservative win in the province comes after the socialists dominated Alicante in both regional and general elections last month.

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The Marina Alta however remained red, with the largest municipalities of Javea and Denia going to the socialists.

Here’s a breakdown of how the elections went in the Marina Alta and Marina Baja:

Pego

PSOE won with 36.3%

Denia

PSOE won with 48.4%

Javea

PSOE won with 45.3%

Benitachell

MesB won with 48.3%

TeuladaMoraira

PP won with 36.9%

Benissa

PP won with 37.9%

Calpe

PP won with 38%

Gata de Gorgos

PP won with 38.7%

Altea

Compromis won with 32.4%

Alfas del Pi

PSOE won with 59.5%

Benidorm

PP won with 27.2%

Joshua Parfitt

Joshua James Parfitt is the Costa Blanca correspondent for the Olive Press. He holds a gold-standard NCTJ in multimedia journalism from the award-winning News Associates in Twickenham. His work has been published in the Sunday Times, Esquire, the Mail on Sunday, the Daily Mail, the Sun, the Sun on Sunday, the Mirror, among others. He has appeared on BBC Breakfast to discuss devastating flooding in Spain, as well as making appearances on BBC and LBC radio stations.

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