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June 26, 2022

Spanish prime minister announces dissolution of parliament

Spain’s Socialist Prime Minister announced Monday the dissolution of parliament in order to hold early elections on November 20, which polls indicate the opposition conservatives will win handily during Spain’s deep economic crisis, CNN informs. Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero said last April he would not seek a third term. He has been squeezed by the nation’s prolonged economic downturn. The unemployment rate is almost 21 percent, and almost 5 million are jobless. Numerous opinion polls indicate opposition Popular Party leader Mariano Rajoy, 56, has a double-digit lead – from 10 to 15 percentage points – over the Socialists. On Monday, Zapatero convened a Cabinet meeting, and the only order of business was to approve a decree to convene early elections on November 20.

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