Confident Zapatero pledges social pact
Confident of victory in the general election on 9 March, Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero has already begun planning for the day after.18 February 2008
MADRID - Confident of victory in the general election on 9 March, Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero has already begun planning for the day after, telling supporters in Cantabria Sunday that he will convene business leaders and trade union bosses to forge a social pact to strengthen Spain's flagging labour market.
The pledge, echoing promises made by Zapatero's Socialist Party during the 2004 campaign, comes as rising unemployment, high inflation and fears about the economy weigh on voters' minds three weeks before they cast their ballots. Those worries are taking a toll on the Socialists, according to an opinion poll published last Friday that showed the governing party with a slim lead of just 1.5 percentage points over the main opposition Popular Party.
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Subject: Spanish news