Bildu

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Bildu
Spokesperson
Founded April 3, 2011 (2011-04-03)
Ideology Socialism, Green politics, Basque nationalism, Ezker abertzalea, Separatism
Political position Left-wing
Affiliated parties
Colours green
Town councilors in Southern Basque Country
1,138 / 4,635
Parliament of Navarre
7 / 50
Members of provincial parliaments in the Basque Autonomous Community
45 / 153
Website
www.bildu.info
Politics of Spain
Political parties
Elections

Bildu ("Gather" in Basque) is a Basque nationalist, separatist and abertzale leftist political coalition active in the Basque Country and Navarre. It was officially launched on 3 April 2011.[1] Its main member is Eusko Alkartasuna, a social-democratic party, while a majority of the votes come from the outlawed Batasuna milieu.

History[edit]

Formation[edit]

Bildu was formed as a response to the March 2011 ruling by the Supreme Court of Spain that banned a new Basque party called Sortu from being registered. Bildu is a coalition of Eusko Alkartasuna, Alternatiba (a splinter group of Ezker Batua) and independent individuals from the outlawed Basque leftist-nationalist environment. Bildu was initially banned as well by the Supreme Court due to their alleged ties to Batasuna, the alleged political wing of ETA. The decision to ban Bildu resulted in street protests in Bilbao and other cities. However, on 5 May 2011, exactly the day the election campaign started off, the Constitutional Court of Spain lifted the ban and Bildu was allowed to take part in elections.[2]

2011 regional and local elections[edit]

At the 2011 local elections Bildu received 26% of the vote in the Basque region, following second only to the Basque Nationalist Party (PNV).[3] The party won seats on most of the councils of the Southern Basque Country, including San Sebastián (where it came up first), Bilbao, Vitoria-Gasteiz and Pamplona.

2011 general election[edit]

For the 2011 general election Eusko Alkartasuna, Alternatiba and their allies formed a new alliance, under the name Amaiur, along with Aralar, previously part of Nafarroa Bai, and other abertzale groups.

2012 Basque parliament election[edit]

In the 2012 election to the Basque parliament, the Euskal Herria Bildu alliance won 25% of the vote and 21 seats, coming second overall.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ (Spanish) "Bildu presenta las bases de su programa electoral para el 22-M", Gara, 2011-04-03. Retrieved 2011-04-05.
  2. ^ "Spanish Constitutional Court lifts ban on Bildu". Xinhua News. Retrieved 2011-05-24. 
  3. ^ "New Basque Coalition Bildu Surges in Basque Local Elections". Eitb.com. Retrieved 2011-05-24. 
  4. ^ http://www.elmundo.es/elmundo/2012/10/22/paisvasco/1350898173.html

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