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Spanish general election, 1996
All 350 seats of the Congress of Deputies and 208 of 264 seats in the Senate
March 3, 1996
First party Second party
Jose Maria Aznar DF-SD-05-00920.jpg Felipe Gonzalez-Madrid-28 de enero de 2004.jpg
Leader José María Aznar Felipe González
Last election 141 seats 159 seats
Seats won 156 141
Seat change +15 -18
Popular vote 9,716,006 9,425,678
Percentage 38.8% 37.6%
Elecciones generales españolas de 1996 - distribución del voto.svg
Province-level units won by PSOE (red/purple) and PP (blue)

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General elections were held in Spain on March 3, 1996. The Prime Minister Felipe González of PSOE lost the elections to Partido Popular and their leader José María Aznar.

The lower house consisted of 350 deputies elected on block lists by proportional representation. Each province was entitled to a minimum of 3 deputies, with one deputy each from the African enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla.


Evolution of popular vote in the Spanish General Elections from the democratic transition until 2008. Voter turnout is usually high.

Spanish general election, 3 March 1996

Party Votes % Seats
People's Party (PP) 9,716,006 38.79 156
Spanish Socialist Workers' Party (PSOE) 9,425,678 37.63 141
United Left (IU) 2,639,774 10.54 21
Convergence and Union (CiU) 1,151,633 4.64 16
Basque Nationalist Party (PNV) 318,951 1.29 5
Canarian Coalition (CC) 220,418 0.89 4
Galician Nationalist Bloc (BNG) 220,147 0.89 2
Herri Batasuna (HB) 181,304 0.73 2
Republican Left of Catalonia (ERC) 167,641 0.67 1
Eusko Alkartasuna (EA) 115,861 0.46 1
Total 100.00 350

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