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July 1836 Spanish general election

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July 1836 Spanish general election

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All 258 seats of the Congress of Deputies
129 seats needed for a majority
  First party Second party
Leader Francisco Javier de Istúriz Juan Álvarez Mendizábal
Party Moderate Progressive Party
Leader's seat Madrid Madrid
Seats won 80 56
Percentage 31% 22%

Prime Minister before election

Francisco Javier de Istúriz
Moderate Party

Prime Minister after election

Francisco Javier de Istúriz
Moderate Party

General elections to the Cortes Generales were held in Spain in July 1836. At stake were all 258 seats in the Congress of Deputies.


The July 1836 elections were held under the Spanish Royal Statute of 1834,[1] not under a full constitutional system. Only around 65,000 people were allowed to vote, out of a population of 12 million.

When the new Cortes held their first session, various uprisings erupted in several cities that Prime Minister Francisco Javier de Istúriz tried to control. In the royal palace of La Granja, where the opening session of the Parliament was being held, the royal guard rebelled on August 12, calling for the restoration of the Constitution of 1812. The Queen-Regent was forced to accede, Istúriz was dismissed and new elections were held on October.[2]


A majority voting system was used for the election, with 48 multi-member constituencies and 1 single-member constituency.


Party Seats
Moderate Party 80
Progressive Party 56
Other and independents 122
Total 258


  1. ^ Fuentes, Juan Francisco (2007). El fin del Antiguo Régimen (1808-1868). Política y sociedad. Madrid: Síntesis. ISBN 978-84-975651-5-8.
  2. ^ Elecciones 13 julio 1836. Congreso de Los Diputados.