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Spain convenes early elections

09-27-2011 14:07 BJT

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Spain's PM dissolves parliament before elections

Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero dissolved parliament on Monday, but pledged more measures to tackle Spain's economic crisis before a November election that is expected to hand power to the conservative opposition.

Spain's prime minister dissolved Parliament on Monday, setting the stage for a Nov. 20
general election that is likely to focus on an economy saddled with 21 percent
unemployment, anemic growth and gloomy future prospects.

Zapatero has called elections for Nov. 20, four months earlier than originally planned, in the hope that faint signs of an economic recovery could offset unpopularity after years of deep austerity measures in a country where one in five is unemployed.

However, since August, the worsening euro zone crisis has forced the government to push through even more reforms as it tries to avoid a bailout like in Greece, Portugal and Ireland.

"We'll continue to adopt measures if necessary," Zapatero told reporters after a cabinet meeting, given continued uncertainty in Greece, which remains in talks to avoid default.

Even though the Spanish parliament is officially dissolved, a permanent legislative committee can approve emergency measures in the event the euro zone crisis takes a turn for the worse.

Editor:James |Source: CNTV

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