PSOE denies April 14 snap election plan as budget prospects dealt new blow

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THE spokesperson of Spain’s ruling party in Congress has denied officials are considering calling an election on Sunday April 14 amidst mounting speculation over a snap poll.

Adriana Lastra, spokesperson for the left-leaning Partido Socialista (PSOE), said the date had “never” been floated by senior party members. Sunday May 26, the date of local, regional and European elections, has also been floated.

Speculating on a snap poll was hasty given a decision on an early ballot would be taken after a crunch parliamentary vote on PSOE’s budget this Wednesday, Lastra added.

Lastra’s comments come as the pro-independence Partit Democrata Europeu Catala (PDeCAT) tabled a parliamentary amendment calling for wide-ranging talks on the region’s autonomy in exchange for supporting the budget.

PSOE controls 84 out of the 350 seats in the Congress of Deputies and relies on PDeCAT and several other regionalist parties to pass legislation.

News on a possible snap poll also follows a rally in Madrid which saw tens of thousands of protestors demonstrate against Madrid’s handling of the secession issue.

Protestors at the rally, organised by the centrist Ciudadanos, conservative Partido Popular (PP) and far-right Vox, called for early elections.

Sanchez had previously ruled out holding elections before their scheduled date on Sunday July 26 2020.

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