Budget defeat puts Spain’s centre-left government on ropes – The Star

Budget defeat puts Spain’s centre-left government on ropes

MADRID – Catalan separatist and right-wing lawmakers in the Spanish parliament’s lower house rejected Wednesday the ruling Socialist government’s 2019 budget plan, likely paving the way for a call of early elections by Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez.

The 191-158 vote, with one abstention, opens a new crisis in Spanish politics. Members of the cabinet had signalled that a defeat in parliament would lead to a general election. The only other time that a Spanish government lost a budget vote,…

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