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Spain local election sees first transsexual woman as councillor

May 30, 2007 - 10:01 PM

Manuela Trasobares holds the political balance of power in her Castellón villageEl Mundo reported on Wednesday that Sunday’s local election has left the government of the village of Geldo, in Castellón, in the hands of the first transsexual woman in Spain to be voted in as a councillor.The paper quotes a report from the ‘Diario Digital Transexual’ that the Partido Popular and PSOE both achieved three seats in the poll.The remaining seat went to ARDE – Acción Republicana Democrática Española - the party led by Manuela Trasobares. A pact between the two main parties is seen as highly unlikely.El Mundo says the 45 year old changed her sex at the age of 15 and was married last year in a ceremony attended by almost all the 900 residents of the village.She says it was her own neighbours who asked her to enter the world of politics, in a village which was governed in the last legislation by an unexpected alliance between the conservative Partido Popular and the left-wing Izquierda Unida coalition, with the Socialists in opposition.IU lost their one seat to ARDE in this year’s election.
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