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Spain's PM sees no alternative to new elections in Catalonia

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy
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Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy

Spain's acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said on Tuesday he saw no alternative to a repeat of elections in Catalonia after the region's pro-independence party fractured over who to name as the new government's leader.

On the formation of a national government after the inconclusive December 20 national election, Rajoy said he had no plans to stand down as prime minister candidate.

There are more policy similarities between his conservative People's Party and its traditional political rivals, the Socialists, than there were differences, he said, adding that there were no red lines over pacts with them or liberal Ciudadanos.