Spain's Socialists, Catalan separatists to continue talks on new government
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  • 05:37 29 November 2019

Spain's Socialists, Catalan separatists to continue talks on new government

Spain’s Socialists and Catalan separatist party Esquerra Republicana de Catalunya (ERC) said on Thursday they would again meet on Dec. 3 after initial talks in which they agreed the need for dialogue to break a deadlock on forming a new government, APA reports quoting Reuters.

The ERC said its position on the formation of a new government between the Socialists and the left-wing Podemos party remained negative. But it said it agreed on “the need for a political approach to a conflict which is of its nature political”.

The Socialists said differences between the two parties remained but there was a “shared will for dialogue”.

The Socialist PSOE party, led by acting Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, have been left scrambling for support following an election win this month in which they fell short of a majority after Spain’s fourth election in four years.

 

The PSOE’s 120 seats, combined with the 35 won by left-wing Podemos, leave them short of a majority in the 350-seat parliament, giving the 13 elected lawmakers of ERC a potential kingmaker role in unblocking the political stalemate in Madrid.

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