🇪🇸 Catalan trial: Will Spanish Socialists survive snap polls? l Al Jazeera English

Catalan parties voted against a national spending measure, ensuring snap polls that could mean right-wing gains.The Spanish government is expected to announce snap elections after the minority Socialist government failed to pass a national budget during a Wednesday vote.

Votes against the budget came from parties across the political spectrum and totalled 189 of the 350-seat Congress of Deputies, ensuring an early end to the legislature. The polls are expected to take place in mid-April.

The spotlight rested on Catalan nationalist parties who announced last week they would not support it after the government’s refusal to negotiate Catalan self-determination.

The tension between the ruling Spanish Socialist Party (PSOE) and the Catalan nationalists is based around the trial of 12 Catalan leaders in connection with a failed 2017 independence bid.

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