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Most Spanish voters want early poll

World | Nov 14, 2017
More than half of Spanish voters favor an early national election, a survey showed yesterday, as support waned for a minority government embroiled in the country's worst political crisis in decades.

Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy imposed direct rule on the region of Catalonia after it held an independence referendum on October 1 that Spanish courts had declared illegal.

The term of the minority government led by his center-right People's Party expires in 2020, but 55 percent of respondents in yesterday's survey said they wanted a ballot before then. The figure in a survey in October was 49 percent.

The survey was taken by pollsters Metroscopia for newspaper El Pais between November 6 and 8 as former Catalan president Carles Puigdemont - whose government was sacked by Rajoy - pursued his campaign for the region's independence from self-imposed exile in Belgium.

Authorities in Madrid have called an election in Catalonia for December 21.

REUTERS



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