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Sánchez may call April elections following Sunday’s protest
12 February 2019 @ 13:27

PRESIDENT Pedro Sánchez is considering calling a general election on April 14 as he has been unable to secure sufficient backing for his 2019 budget.

In trying to please the Catalunya regional parties – whose support he needs, due to his party’s only holding around a quarter of the seats in Parliament – Sánchez has angered those who are staunchly against the north-eastern territory’s independence drive.

A huge demonstration held in Madrid yesterday (Sunday), convened by the right-wing PP and centre-right Ciudadanos, called for early general elections, considering Sánchez and his cabinet to be ‘unelected’ due to their having gained power through a no-confidence vote against the PP last June.

If Sánchez does decide to proceed in calling the nation to the polls, he will have to dissolve Parliament in a week’s time – on Tuesday, February 19 – since this has to take place 54 days before the elections.

The date of the possible election is the 88th anniversary of the proclamation of Spain’s Second Republic, which was five years before the start of the Civil War, and will fall on Palm Sunday.

Read more at thinkSPAIN.COM

 



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