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Spanish Parliament approves economic measures

Spanish Parliament approves economic measures

Spanish lawmakers on Thursday approved by a single vote emergency measures aimed at reducing the country's bloated deficit.
The package, which includes a cut in civil servants wages, was approved by 169 votes in favor, 168 against and 13 abstentions in the 350-seat lower chamber.
A defeat would have been a serious blow for the Socialist government of Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero.
The measures have been welcomed by the Europe Union and international economic bodies but much criticized at home as a major U-turn on social policies by the Socialists.
The Socialists needed a simple majority to get the measures approved and would have faced rejection had it not been for the abstentions.
Prior to the vote, Finance Minister Elena Salgado had pleaded with lawmakers to vote in favor saying the measures were "painful but inevitable" in order to reduce the country's bloated deficit.


Updated : 2021-06-16 19:51 GMT+08:00