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37th Federal Congress of the PSOE

37th Federal Congress of the PSOE

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995 delegates in the 37th Federal Congress of the PSOE
Plurality of delegates needed to win
Turnout955 (96.0%) (secretary)
930 (93.5%) (executive)
Candidate José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero Blank ballots
Delegate vote 941 (98.5%) 14 (1.5%)
Executive 920 (98.9%) 10 (1.1%)

Secretary before election

José Luis Rodríguez

Elected Secretary

José Luis Rodríguez

The 37th Federal Congress of the Spanish Socialist Workers' Party was held in Madrid from 4 to 6 July 2008, 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 2008 general election and saw José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero being re-elected unopposed for a third term as party secretary-general, with 98.5% of the delegate vote in the congress (941 votes) and 1.5% of blank ballots (14).[1]


Candidate Age Notable positions Announced Eliminated Ref.


Candidate elected as secretary-general.
José Luis
47 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)
26 April 2008 checkY Elected [2]


Summary of the 5–6 July 2008 congress results
Candidate Secretary Executive
Votes % Votes %
José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero 941 98.53 920 98.92
Blank ballots 14 1.47 10 1.08
Total 955 930
Valid votes 955 100.00 930 100.00
Invalid votes 0 0.00 0 0.00
Votes cast / turnout 955 95.98 930 93.47
Abstentions 40 4.02 65 6.53
Total delegates 995 995
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. ^ "Zapatero pide "valentía e imaginación" ante el 37 Congreso del PSOE, "el del cambio"". Público (in Spanish). EFE. 26 April 2008. Retrieved 24 March 2022.
  3. ^ "Zapatero, reelegido secretario general PSOE con el 98,5 % de los votos" (in Spanish). Cadena SER. EFE. 5 July 2008. Retrieved 18 March 2022.
  4. ^ "Francina Armengol, elegida para formar parte de la Comisión Ejecutiva del PSOE del 37 Congreso Federal". PSOE (in Spanish). 6 July 2008. Archived from the original on 24 June 2021. Retrieved 18 March 2022.
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