Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero has dissolved parliament and called a general election for November 20.
Zapatero insisted more reforms to tackle Spain’s economic gloom will be introduced despite the dissolution of parliament. “The general election will take place on November 20; the campaign will start on the fourth of the month,” he said.
The conservative opposition, led by Mariano Rajoy, looks set to profit from the financial crisis:
“The new legislature will have to deal with a difficult legacy and it will open a new chapter, where we will have to overcome the mistakes of the past,” said Rajoy.
Zapatero has been criticised for reacting too late to Spain’s financial turmoil in a country where one person in five is out of work.