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Spain: Spanish PM calls for snap elections following budget bill's defeat

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February 15, 2019 at 14:39 GMT -00:00 · Published

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez called a snap election for April 28, while speaking at a press conference in Madrid on Friday.

The announcement followed the rejection of Sanchez's budget bill by Catalan nationalist MPs earlier this week, reportedly as a result of the socialist government's refusal to discuss the issue of Catalonian self-determination.

"Today, unfortunately, in this eight months of administration, we didn’t have the loyalty to the state of the conservative opposition," Sanchez stated.

"For this reason I announce that in the exercise of the abilities I have as president of the Spanish government and after consulting with the ministers council, I have proposed the dissolution of the Parliament and a call for new elections on April 28," he added.

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Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez called a snap election for April 28, while speaking at a press conference in Madrid on Friday.

The announcement followed the rejection of Sanchez's budget bill by Catalan nationalist MPs earlier this week, reportedly as a result of the socialist government's refusal to discuss the issue of Catalonian self-determination.

"Today, unfortunately, in this eight months of administration, we didn’t have the loyalty to the state of the conservative opposition," Sanchez stated.

"For this reason I announce that in the exercise of the abilities I have as president of the Spanish government and after consulting with the ministers council, I have proposed the dissolution of the Parliament and a call for new elections on April 28," he added.

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