Over Half of Spa­niards Want Early Na­tional Elec­tion


MADRID (Dis­patches) - More than half of Span­ish vot­ers favour an early na­tional elec­tion, a sur­vey showed on Mon­day, 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 Oct. 1 that Span­ish courts had de­clared il­le­gal. The term of the mi­nor­ity gov­ern­ment led by his cen­tre-right Peo­ple’s Party (PP) ex­pires in 2020, but 55 per­cent of re­spon­dents in Mon­day’s sur­vey said they wanted a bal­lot be­fore then.

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