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Spain's PM falls for prank call

Anmar Frangoul | Special to
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Spain's acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has been duped by a prank caller pretending to be Carles Puigdemont, the premier of Catalonia, according to a report from El Pais in English.

A presenter from Catalan station Radio Flaixback rang Rajoy's office claiming to be a Catalan government aide, and was then put directly through to Rajoy.

An impressionist took over from there and spoke to Rajoy, a staunch opponent of Catalan independence, pretending to be Puigdemont.

During the conversation, Rajoy said he was open to setting a date for a meeting with Puigdemont.

El Pais reported that when he found out he was being taken for a ride, Rajoy angrily replied, "This is not serious; you can do whatever you want, but this is not serious."

Spain finds itself in a state of flux after elections at the end of last year which saw Rajoy's Partido Popular lose its majority.

On Friday, Reuters reported that Pablo Iglesias, leader of the left wing and anti-austerity Podemos party, stated that he was ready to form a coalition government with the socialist PSOE and other left wing parties.