By Humphrey Carter

LEADER of the opposition, the secretary general of the PSOE Spanish socialist party, José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, returned to the Balearics yesterday to give the socialists one last push before polling day and hailed the Balearic coalition government as an example to the rest of Spain.” Zapatero said that Sunday's election will close the door on the Partido Popular's rule in Spain and open the door to a new era for the socialists.
Zapatero called on the electorate to vote PSOE “and bring an end to this black reign of the PP.” “Sunday will have serious consequences for both the PP and PSOE, however for us the results will be positive but not for PP,” he said.
Zapatero, accompanied by Balearic President Francesc Antich, started his whistle stop tour in Minorca before coming to Majorca for lunch with some 600 party faithful at the Pueblo Español where Antich and the PSOE candidate for mayor of Palma, Antoni Roig, addressed voters on the penultimate day of the campaign trail. Zapatero also criticised the prime minister and president of the PP, Jose Maria Aznar, for announcing a further round of tax cuts and new housing policy just two days before the elections “it's too little too late.”