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36th Federal Congress of the PSOE

36th Federal Congress of the PSOE

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972 delegates in the 36th Federal Congress of the PSOE
Plurality of delegates needed to win
Turnout932 (95.9%) (secretary)
923 (95.0%) (executive)
Candidate José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero Blank ballots
Delegate vote 891 (95.8%) 39 (4.2%)
Executive 886 (96.1%) 36 (3.9%)

Secretary before election

José Luis Rodríguez

Elected Secretary

José Luis Rodríguez

The 36th Federal Congress of the Spanish Socialist Workers' Party was held in Madrid from 2 to 4 July 2004, to renovate the governing bodies of the Spanish Socialist Workers' Party (PSOE) and establish the party's main lines of action and strategy for the next leadership term. It was held shortly after the party's victory in the 2004 general election and saw José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero being re-elected unopposed for a second term as party secretary-general, with 95.8% of the delegate vote in the congress (891 votes) and 4.2% of blank ballots (39).[1]


Candidate Age Notable positions Announced Eliminated Ref.


Candidate elected as secretary-general.
José Luis
43 Prime Minister of Spain (since 2004)
Secretary-General of the PSOE (since 2000)
Deputy in the Cortes Generales for León and Madrid (since 1986)

Leader of the Opposition of Spain (2000–2004)
2 May 2004 checkY Elected [2]


Summary of the 3–4 July 2004 congress results
Candidate Secretary Executive
Votes % Votes %
José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero 891 95.81 886 96.10
Blank ballots 39 4.19 36 3.90
Total 930 922
Valid votes 930 99.79 922 99.89
Invalid votes 2 0.21 1 0.11
Votes cast / turnout 932 95.88 923 94.96
Abstentions 40 4.12 49 5.04
Total delegates 972 972
Vote by delegates (Secretary-General)
Blank ballots
Vote by delegates (Executive)
Blank ballots


  1. ^ a b "Partido Socialista Obrero Español. Partit dels Socialistes de Catalunya, P.Socialista de Euskadi E.E., Partido Socialista Popular, PSOE histórico". Historia (in Spanish). Retrieved 16 March 2023.
  2. ^ "El PSOE cumple hoy 125 años y convoca para julio su 36º congreso". El País (in Spanish). Madrid. 2 May 2004. Retrieved 24 March 2022.
  3. ^ "Zapatero, reelegido secretario general PSOE con el 98,5 % de los votos". El Periódico de Extremadura (in Spanish). 4 July 2004. Retrieved 24 March 2022.
  4. ^ "El 96% de los delegados del XXXVI Congreso Federal del PSOE vota la nueva ejecutiva". El Periódico de Extremadura (in Spanish). 4 July 2004. Retrieved 24 March 2022.
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