Last-minute negotiations over key posts in parliament
Socialist Party to begin talks with minority parties on filling speakers for the coming legislature.31 March 2008
MADRID/BARCELONA - The Socialist Party will begin a frantic round of last-minute negotiations with minority parties today in order to decide the speaker and deputy speakers of Congress and the Senate for the coming legislature.
The key positions are due to be filled tomorrow when both houses of parliament reconvene in the wake of the 9 March general election. Lacking an absolute majority, the Socialists must rely on the support of smaller parties to have their candidates elected.
[Copyright EL Pais 2008]