Spanish PM calls for early elections

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UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) — Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez on Friday called for early elections on April 28, paving the way for months of uncertainty in the euro zone’s fourth-largest economy where the political climate is increasingly divided.

Sanchez called for the elections after parliament voted against the budget proposal submitted by his minority government.

“Between not doing anything and continuing without a budget, and inviting the Spaniards to say their word, I chose the second one,” Sanchez said in a televised address to the nation after a cabinet meeting. Spain needs to continue to move forward with tolerance, respect, moderation and common sense.

“I proposed dissolving Parliament and calling for elections on April 28.”

Sanchez formed the government just over eight months ago.

According to opinion polls, no single party will win enough votes to form a government, suggesting that the issue of forming a coalition government will need lengthy negotiations between three or more parties, possibly including the far-right Box.

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