Call for snap election in Spain following rejection of draft annual budget

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Reports and analyses of the political situation in Spain following the parliamentary rejection of the annual budget proposal and the later announcement of early legislative elections in the country.

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Spain's minority government - led by the Socialist party (PSOE) - was unable to guarantee the endorsement of its draft annual budget in Parliament on 13 February 2019. This was  to due to the refusal of Catalonia's pro-independence parties to support the bill following the government's rejection to talks regarding the region's autonomy. Despite their wide policy differences, those regional parties voted together with national right-wing parties to reject the proposed budget bill. The government's budget was rejected by 191 members out of the 350-seat Parliament.

The Prime Minister's decision to call for snap parliamentary elections was widely expected following that rejection. It was announced on 15 February that an early election would take place on 26 April. This PSOE-led cabinet was set to become the shortest in Spain's modern democratic history yet, after staying in office for only eight months.

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The Economist, 16.02.19: The Catalan issue pushes Spain to the brink of yet another election
Politico, 15.02.19: 4 takeaways on Spain’s snap election
The New York Times, 15.02.19: Yet Another Election for Spain Reveals Deeper Strains

El País, 13.02.19: Spanish government headed for defeat in Congress over 2019 budget
The Guardian, 13.02.19: Spain's opposition parties demand snap election after budget rejection
Politico, 13.02.19: Spain’s parliament rejects 2019 budget proposal
BBC News, 13.02.19: Spain budget failure puts snap election on the cards
Deutsche Welle, 13.02.19: Spanish PM calls emergency meeting after budget rejected
France24, 13.02.19: Spanish parliament rejects budget, sets stage for likely early elections
El País, 15.02.19: Spanish prime minister calls snap general election for April 28
Politico, 15.02.19: Spain’s Sánchez calls snap election on April 28
BBC News, 15.02.19: Spain PM Sánchez sets snap election for April

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