Catalan deal costs Zapatero key political ally

27th January 2006, Comments 0 comments

27 January 2006, MADRID — The Catalan Republican Left (ERC) party which gave vital support to Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero's minority government has withdrawn from a coalition with the ruling Socialist party.

27 January 2006

MADRID — The Catalan Republican Left (ERC) party which gave vital support to Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero's minority government has withdrawn from a coalition with the ruling Socialist party.

Josep Carod Rovira, ERC leader, said his party had taken the step after Zapatero had failed to live up to promises over the Catalan autonomy bid.

"We no longer feel obliged to guarantee the stability of the government nor vote in favour of its laws," he said.

Carod-Rovira said efforts to make a "plural Spain" had failed.

It will leave Zapatero without a key congressional ally.

But it came after the prime minister agreed a deal with other Catalan parties, the CiU and the ICV, over the region's bid for greater autonomy.

The deal tones down the demands made by the Catalan regional government when they agreed the so-called 'estatut' last September.

 Meanwhile, a new group which opposes the Catalan autonomy bid, the Association for the Defence of the Spanish Nation, has called for resistance to what it calls the "decomposition" of the country.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news


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