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Government wins key vote on 2021 budget with help of nationalist parties

Government wins key vote on 2021 budget with help of nationalist parties
/ EFE
  • The ruling coalition of the PSOE-Socialists and Unidas Podemos has been criticised for negotiating with pro-independence parties in the Basque Country and Catalonia in return for concessions

MPs in Congreso, the Spanish lower house, voted in favour of the 2021 annual budgets on Thursday after a three-day debate. The law will now go to the Senate, the upper house, for comments with a final vote expected by 29 December, just in time to meet the end-of-year deadline to avoid the 2018 budgets being renewed another year.

The minority left-of-centre ruling coalition of the PSOE-Socialists and Unidas Podemos won the vote with an overall majority, helped by the support of small nationalist parties from the regions.

The government has been criticised for negotiating with pro-independence parties in the Basque Country and Catalonia in return for budget concessions.