February 15, 2019 / 9:35 AM / a year ago

Spain's PM calls snap national election for April 28

MADRID, Feb 15 (Reuters) - Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez on Friday called a snap national election for April 28, after losing a key budget vote.

“Between doing nothing and continuing without the budget and calling on Spaniards to have their say, I choose the second. Spain needs to keep advancing, progressing with tolerance, respect, moderation and common sense,” Sanchez said in a televised address to the nation following a cabinet meeting.

“I have proposed to dissolve parliament and call elections for April 28th.”

Reporting by Paul Day, Belen Carreno, Isla Binnie and Jose Elias Rodriguez Writing by Ingrid Melander Editing by Mark Heinrich

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