Andorran parliamentary election, 1989

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Parliamentary elections were held in Andorra on 10 December 1989, with a second round of voting on 17 December.[1] Following the elections, Òscar Ribas Reig became Prime Minister, elected on 12 January 1990 by a vote of 23−5.[2]

Electoral system[edit]

All 28 seats of the General Council were up for election. Each parish formed a constituency, electing four members each. Members of the Parliament were elected using a two-round plurality voting system. The voting age was 18 years old.

As political parties were not legalised until 1993, all candidates ran as independents, although press and newspapers considered some candidates to be officialist (supporting Pintat government) or opponents.[3]

Following the elections, the General Council elected the Prime Minister of Andorra and the General Syndic (speaker).


Voter turnout was 82.3%.[1] A second round of voting was held in Andorra la Vella, Canillo and Ordino.[4]

Party First round Second round Total
Votes % Seats Votes % Seats
Independents 5,778 100 25 100 3 28
Invalid/blank votes 124
Total 5,902 100 25 100 3 28
Source: Nohlen & Stöver, la Vanguardia 1 2

Relation of the elected candidates with the standing government:

Parish Officialist Opposition
Canillo 4
Encamp 4
Ordino 4
La Massana 4
Andorra la Vella 4
Sant Julià de Lòria 4
Escaldes-Engordany 4
Total 16 12
Source: La Vanguardia 1 2

Although continuist and officialist candidates won the elections in terms of seats, in the most populated parishes (Andorra la Vella and Escaldes-Engordany), the opposition candidates received more votes. This was seen as a decrease of support of Pintat's policies and Òscar Ribas Reig was elected Prime Minister of Andorra.


  1. ^ a b Nohlen, Dieter; Stöver, Philip (31 May 2010). Elections in Europe: A data handbook. Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft. p. 160. ISBN 978-3-8329-5609-7. 
  2. ^ Nohlen & Stöver, p166
  3. ^ Nohlen & Stöver, p154
  4. ^ La Vanguardia, 18/12/1989, p18