The Spanish region of Andalusia lost its bid for immediate home rule when a referendum on Thursday (28 February) failed to produce an absolute majority, in all of its provinces.
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Background: The Spanish region of Andalusia lost its bid for immediate home rule when a referendum on Thursday (28 February) failed to produce an absolute majority, in all of its provinces. Under rules laid down in Spain's new constitution, an absolute majority had to be obtained in every province for the proposal to be accepted.
SYNOPSIS: The electorate of four point four million people was voting to choose between a fast route to home rule sought by Andalucian autonomists and a slower transition favoured by the government. Spain's ruling party, the Union of the Democratic Centre (UCD) speeded up home rule plans for the Catalonia and the basque country last year. But the government reportedly believes that a rapid shift from centralism to a patchwork state of autonomous regions would involve excessive social and economic costs.
The ruling party urged voters to stay away from the polls to stop a "yes" vote on rapid autonomy from reaching the required absolute majority. Although 55 percent of the overall electorate backed the proposal for immediate home rule, the votes in the Almeria and Jaen provinces were slightly below 50 percent. Despite this failure, the result has been hailed by the autonomists as a moral victory. Andalusia will now have to seek home rule by a slower constitutional process.