October 26, 2017 / 1:49 PM / a year ago

Catalan separatist party will leave regional government if election called: source

MADRID (Reuters) - Catalan pro-independence party ERC would leave the regional government if regional president Carles Puigdemont calls a snap election, a party source said on Thursday.

Puigdemont is set to call a snap regional election, according to political allies, a move that could help break a one-month deadlock between the Madrid government and separatists seeking a split from Spain.

“It is not justified. It is an explicit renouncement of the Oct. 1 mandate without any sort of compensation,” the party source said.

Reporting by Inmaculada Sanz; Writing by Angus Berwick; Editing by Julien Toyer; Editing by

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