The Galician Premier, the socialist Emilio Pérez Touriño (PSdG–PSOE), called regional elections on March 1, 2009. Pérez Touriño was seeking another term, as well Vice-Premier Anxo Quintana (BNG) returned to the head of the candidacy of the Galician nationalists. After the retirement of the elder Manuel Fraga, the People’s Party (PP) presented Alberto Núñez Feijóo as candidate, who was representing a younger and more urban sector of the conservative party.
PP managed to win an extra seat at the expense of the BNG, increasing its vote share in Galician cities such as Coruña and Vigo. Getting 46.7% of the vote and 38 seats, Feijóo won a majority and was elected new Galician premier. The Galician socialists got 31% and retained 25 seats, while the BNG got 16% winning 12 seats. In spite of the fact that the incumbent government coalition still obtained a slight advantage over the Galician conservatives in raw vote, the experience of the PSOE–BNG ‘bipartite’ came to an end.