2007 Gibraltar general election

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2007 Gibraltar general election

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17 seats to the Gibraltar Parliament
9 seats were needed for a majority
  First party Second party
  Peter Caruana portrait.jpg Joebossano.jpg
Leader Peter Caruana Joe Bossano
Party Social Democrats Socialist Labour
Alliance - Liberal Alliance
Leader since 1991 1978
Last election 8 (51.5%) 7 (39.7%)
Seats won 10 7
Seat change Increase 2 Steady
Popular vote 76,334 70,397
Percentage 49.33% 45.49%

Chief Minister before election

Peter Caruana
Social Democrats

Elected Chief Minister

Peter Caruana
Social Democrats

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The 2007 Gibraltar general election was held on 11 October 2007.[1] The incumbent Chief Minister Peter Caruana narrowly won a fourth term, but opposition leader Joe Bossano had a very strong showing.[2][3] Joe Bossano noted that this would be his last term as an MP,[4] and joked that he would not join the government, despite receiving a higher personal vote than some members of the Gibraltar Social Democrats (GSD).

The GSD had ten candidates (all of whom were elected), Bossano's party the Gibraltar Socialist Labour Party (GSLP) had seven candidates (four of whom were elected) and the Gibraltar Liberal Party (GLP) led by Dr. Joseph Garcia had three candidates (all of whom were elected). The Progressive Democratic Party (PDP) fielded six candidates, five of whom obtained the fewest votes in the election after a lacklustre campaign. Two independents were unable to break through Gibraltar's party block vote system but did relatively well. They were the right wing lawyer Charles Gomez of New Gibraltar Democracy and Richard Martinez of the Parental Support Group.

An exit poll organised by the Gibraltar Broadcasting Corporation (GBC) gave victory to the GSLP/Liberal coalition, but as counting progressed this proved incorrect.


e • d Summary of the 11 October 2007 Gibraltar Parliament election results[5]
Parties1 Votes2 % Seats
Gibraltar Social Democrats 76,334 49.33 10
Alliance Gibraltar Socialist Labour Party 49,277 31.84 4
Gibraltar Liberal Party 21,120 13.65 3
Progressive Democratic Party 5,799 3.75
Charles Gomez (independent, New Gibraltar Democracy) 1,210 0.78
Richard Martinez (independent) 1,003 0.65
Total (turnout 81.4%) 154,743 100.00 17

1 These figures have been consolidated by party. Under the Gibraltar electoral system, all candidates are listed on the ballot paper individually.
2 Every voter has up to 10 votes to vote for their choice from all the candidates standing. Accordingly, although there are more seats available, the main parties field 10 candidates and hope to secure 'block votes'. Thus the total of 154,743 votes comes from 16,004 voters, an 81.4% turnout of the electorate.


  1. ^ "Gibraltar general election called". Panorama. 7 September 2007. Retrieved 8 September 2019.
  2. ^ "Peter Caruana wins the Gibraltar elections". Typically Spanish. 12 October 2007. Archived from the original on 10 February 2012. Retrieved 1 June 2013.
  3. ^ "Gibraltar: historic fourth successive win for CM Caruana". MercoPress. 12 October 2007. Retrieved 8 September 2019.
  4. ^ "Bossano and Caruana plan to leave politics". Panorama. 15 October 2007. Retrieved 8 September 2019.
  5. ^ "General Election Results - 11th October 2007" (PDF). Gibraltar Parliament. Retrieved 8 September 2019.