Basque premier Ibarretxe greets supporters following Basque regional elections in Vitoria.
Basque premier Juan Jose Ibarretxe greets supporters following Basque regional elections in Vitoria, northern Spain, April 17, 2005. Ibarretxe emerged weakened in Sunday's vote for the regional parliament as radical separatists put in a stunning performance that could give them sway over the next government. Ibarretxe and his moderate Basque Nationalist Party had been seeking endorsement of their plan for near independence from Spain but instead lost four of their 33 seats in the 75-member legislature, threatening the party's 25-year grip on power. REUTERS/Andrea Comas ACO/DY