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Mayors chosen by flipping a coin
04 June 2019 @ 18:55

WHEN local elections lead to a draw and inconclusive results – as is often the case – highly-technical negotiations are usually necessary to work out which party or parties will govern and who will become mayor.

Or, in some town councils, they just flip a coin.

This was what happened in the Barcelona-province village of Santa Fe del Penedès yesterday (Monday) morning to decide whether one independent party, Alternativa per Santa Fe, or the other, Junts per Santa Fe, would take over running affairs for the next four years.

The former's leader Jordi Rius was mayor until the municipal elections on May 26, where he netted 124 votes – exactly the same number of ballot papers as Jordi Bosch, leader of the latter.

With a population of just 379 residents, this means each of the Jordis secured the backing of a third of the village – the other 131 either did not vote or were not eligible.



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