Tourist tax and water sway Spanish voters

A question mark is hanging over the Balearic islands' tourism ecotax following a surprise victory for the right-wing Popular party in Sunday's regional elections. The party had promised to scrap the tax in an election campaign dominated by a crisis in the islands' tourist industry (EED 15/08/02). Meanwhile, the Popular party (which forms Spain's national government) suffered big defeats in Aragon, the principal water donor region under the government's controversial hydrological plan, while winning comfortably in Mediterranean regions meant to be the main water recipients.

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