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THE region of the Balearic Islands comes at the bottom of Spain's list when it comes to the number of women sitting in prominent local authority positions.

Women holding the job of mayor in the Islands stands at only 8.96 percent of the total. The figure is even lower than that for Galicia and is a long way away from the place at the top of the list held by the Basque Country where the number of women mayors is about 20 percent of the total. The findings were detailed in a report released yesterday by the Institute for Women which said that after the general elections earlier this month, the national average of senior women figures in local authority government registered as 14.5 percent of the total - up slightly on the 2003 elections when women held 12.56 percent of mayoral posts.