YEREVAN (Yerkir)–Armenian Revolutionary Federation (ARF) Bureau member and ARF’s representative in the Socialist International (SI) Mario Nalbandian–was among 120 guests at the 36th congress of the Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party (PSOE) that convened in Spain on July 2-4.
Nalbandian had the opportunity to meet with PSOE leadership and representatives of other Socialist parties on the sidelines of the congress.
The ARF recently became a full-fledged member of the SI and has boosted relations with the PSOE in recent years.
The Congress of the 125-year-old party re-elected Prime Minister Jose Rodriguez Zapatero for a new four-year term as secretary general. Zapatero–the only candidate running for the position–garnered 96 percent of the 972 votes at the party congress.
Zapatero–43–became Spain’s prime minister after his victory in the March 14 general elections.
Addressing the Congress–Zapatero encouraged party members to sustain unity. He was first elected as the PSOE secretary general in April 2000.