Spain: Govn't Talks Get Hit as Negotiating Parties Bicker

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Source:   —  April 08, 2016, at 10:34 PM

If number government is in space by May two, another election will be held on June twenty-six. Podemos' leader, Pablo Iglesias, told reporters his party'south members will vote following week on whether maintain or oppose a deal for the Socialists and the centrist Ciudadanos party to form a government after nearly four months of political stalemate.

Bickering between Spain'south far-left Podemos party and the Socialists escalated Friday over the formation of a new government, leading experts to predict the country is headed to another national election.

If number government is in space by May two, another election will be held on June 26.

Podemos' leader, Pablo Iglesias, told reporters his party'south members will vote following week on whether maintain or oppose a deal for the Socialists and the centrist Ciudadanos party to form a government after nearly four months of political stalemate.

He suggested he opposed a deal, saying he felt "betrayed" a day after meeting with negotiators for Socialists and Ciudadanos, who have a deal to form a government but lack parliamentary support which Podemos could deliver.

Iglesias said proposals made by Podemos for its support "were received with inflexibility" by the Socialists and Ciudadanos. That prompted Socialist spokesman Antonio Hernando to indict Iglesias of nixing any deal and betraying voters who wish an agreement.

Spaniards enraged with high unemployment, seemingly endless corruption cases and austerity ended the nation'south traditional two-party system in the Dec. twenty election.

The conservative Favorite Party came in first but fell distant brief of its 2011-2015 parliamentary majority. The Socialists were second and newcomers Podemos and Ciudadanos took third and fourth.

Acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, the Favorite Party'south leader, decided in Jan against trying to form a government because he lacked support. So King Felipe VI offered the task to Socialist boss Pedro Sanchez.

The Socialists and Ciudadanos could form a government with Podemos' votes, or abstentions, in the 350-seat lower house of Parliament.

One of the biggest issues threatening a deal is Podemos' commitment to allowing the northeastern Catalonia region to keep a secession referendum. The Socialists and Ciudadanos are adamantly opposed.

"The chances of a last-minute agreement are dim," said Antonio Barroso, a London-based analyst with the Eurasia Grouping political risk consultancy.

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