03 Apr '11, 12am

Spain's PM, facing economic woes, won't run for re-election: MADRID - SPANISH Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez...

MADRID - SPANISH Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, plunging in popularity as he fights an economic crisis, announced on Saturday he will not seek a third term in 2012 elections. Deputy Prime Minister Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba, 59, one of the most powerful figures in the government, is the most likely candidate to succeed Mr Zapatero as Socialist Party leader, according to analysts. But Defence Minister Carme Chacon, 40, who has had a meteoric rise through the party, also has strong support. 'I will not be a candidate in the next general elections,' Mr Zapatero said in a televised speech to the party's federal assembly in Madrid. He called on the party to hold an internal primary to elect a new person to lead the party in the general elections scheduled for March 2012. Mr Zapatero said that process should begin after regional and municipal elections on May 22, poll...

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