Zapatero rules out early election after ETA setback

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6 June 2007 , MADRID - Spain's prime minister, reeling from news that armed Basque separatists have ended a cease-fire, said Wednesday he had no plans to call early elections.

6 June 2007

MADRID - Spain's prime minister, reeling from news that armed Basque separatists have ended a cease-fire, said Wednesday he had no plans to call early elections.

Even before Tuesday's announcement by ETA that it was ending its 15-month truce _ already shattered in practice by a deadly ETA bombing in December _ there had been speculation that Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero might move up the elections as a damage-control measure. The voting is currently scheduled for March 2008.

But Zapatero ruled out any change as he spoke at a news conference with U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

"The elections will he held when they are due to be held, when the four-year term ends in March," Zapatero said.

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Subject: Spanish news

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