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Spanish president pledges to stay in office until term ends in 2020

Pedro Sánchez dismisses opposition claims for a snap election: "Casado and Rivera can sit down and wait"

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12 January 2019 04:59 PM

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ACN | Barcelona

Spain’s president Pedo Sánchez has pledged to stay in power until his term ends in 2020, thus dismissing opposition claims for a snap election.

"Casado and Rivera can sit down and wait, I’ll be in power until 2020," said Sánchez in reference to the leaders of People’s Party and Ciutadans.

Sánchez and his Socialist party have repeatedly faced calls for fresh polls since coming to power last spring with the support of Catalan pro-independence parties.

  • "The budget will allow Catalonia and Spain as a whole to move forward in the modernization of the economy and the reconstruction of the welfare state"

    Pedro Sánchez · Spanish president

Right-wing parties criticize Sánchez’s efforts to engage in talks with pro-independence parties and demand a tougher approach to deal with the Catalan crisis.

Spain was bracing for a snap election after pro-independence parties rejected passing Sánchez’s general budget for 2019, but the rise of far-right Vox in the regional election of Andalusia revived negotiations to pass the budget bill.

"The budget will allow Catalonia and Spain as a whole to move forward in the modernization of the economy and the reconstruction of the welfare state," said Sánchez.

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  • Spanish president Pedro Sánchez speaks at a rally in Barcelona (by Nazaret Romero)

  • Spanish president Pedro Sánchez speaks at a rally in Barcelona (by Nazaret Romero)