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Spanish court bans Basque nationalists from local elections

Spain’s Supreme Court on Saturday banned hundreds of candidates from contesting upcoming local elections in the northern Basque region on the grounds that their party was a front for the outlawed separatist party Batasuna. The court ruled that 246 supposedly apolitical “citizen lists” which bear the generic label “Abertzale Sozialistak” were set up to serve the interests of Batasuna and should not be allowed to take part in the May 27 elections, as had been requested by Spain’s prosecutor general. The court said it based its decision on a law governing political parties which prevents the succession or continuation of a banned party. Full Story

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