The new president of FC Barcelona is Sandro Rosell after winning support from 61.34 percent of the socios (read article in Castilian here, La Vanguardia). Rosell was said to have "fulfilled a dream" and added that he would be "a president for all". Talking at Camp Nou he said that "I want all members to know that today begins a commitment by me. I realise the great responsibility that I have thanks to these results. I will not fail you". Rosell won by a landslide against the other candidates who suffered large defeats with Agustí Benedito with 14 percent of the vote, Marc Ingla received 12.3 percent and Jaume Ferrer with just 10.8 percent. Rosell becomes the president with the most votes in the history of the club, surpassing the 52 percent obtained by Joan Laporta in 2003. Laporta, who will officially finish on July 1st said "Whoever wins has my support". The general reaction to the results was that of support. Voting participation was around 48.1 percent with a total of 57,088 votes counted.
The implementation of electronic prescriptions across the region which were introduced in late 2008 have only reached around 46 percent of their capacity and in some cases doctors have still not attended training courses (read article in Castilian here, El Pais). One explanation of this figure is a reluctance by some physicians about new technology and the desire to not move the system onto a computer the system to prescribe drugs to each patient. The system which was first rolled out in late 2008 and completed its introduction in Barcelona early this year. Antoni Gilabert, manager of pharmaceutical care of the Catalan Health Service recognises that the main problem was software deficiencies with five populations in the region of reportable suffering from technological problems. In theory, all primary care physicians in Catalunya and all pharmacies have the technological means for prescribing and selling drugs through electronic prescription with the metropolitan area of Barcelona reaching only 20 percent of all prescriptions filled this way.
The leader of the CiU, Josep Antoni Duran Lleida, stated clearly that if the government want its political backing in Congress it will have to completely change the labour law proposal made public and assume responsibility for it (read article in Castilian here, La Vanguardia). Through his blog and a radio interview, Duran Lleida said "I have a feeling, if not a conviction, that the government knows it has to go further (in the proposal) but it does not bother with the unions." Other political parties stand at various other positions, with the ERC party those closest to support the reform. With regards to the PP party, although Zapatero has made the effort to include Mariano Rajoy in the negotiations, Maria Dolores de Cospedal said yesterday that "even if it upsets the PSOE, the PP party is one that defends workers, because it is the party which has the legitimacy over economic policies which have helped create five million jobs in eight years". The groups expect and hope that Zapatero himself will be actively involved in the negotiations in the coming hours. It is thought that on Tuesday, the president will exclusively devote himself to the political commitment.
Also in the news: Some 35,000 people enjoyed the festival on Avenida Paral·lel at the weekend (read full article in Castilian here, La Vanguardia).