Polling stations opened Sunday in Spain's regional and municipal elections, a major test for the Socialist government ahead of general elections expected next year.
Some 35 million registered voters could turn out from 9:00 am (0700 GMT) to elect 8,111 mayors throughout the country, while a smaller number of voters, 18.8 million, will select members of 13 of Spain's 17 regional assemblies.
Three of the country's so-called historic regions, the Basque Country -- not including Navarra -- Catalonia and Galicia, have all recently voted in new assemblies. A fourth, Andalusia, will hold a regional vote later.
It is the first nationwide ballot since Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero and his Socialist Party (PSOE) swept the main conservative opposition Popular Party (PP) from power in March 2004.
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