The first opinion polls since Prime Minister Zapatero announced his intention to step down at the next election indicate that the gap between the PP and the PSOE has virtually halved.
Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, who has unerringly and almost single-handedly guided Spain from prosperity to recession and 20% unemployment, has announced that he will not be seeking a third term as Prime Minister at the next general election.
The Upper House, the Senate, returns to work today after the Christmas break and Prime Minister Zapatero is expected to face numerous questions about continually rising unemployment, the deficit and continuous government errors relating to forecasting of the situation.
Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero has unveiled his new cabinet and for the first time it includes more women than men.
As expected, José Luís Rodriguez Zapatero was sworn in as President of the Government having obtained a simple majority in the second vote of confidence.