Spain's acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy arrives to a news conference after his last cabinet meeting at Moncloa Palace in Madrid, Spain, December 29, 2015. REUTERS/Juan Medina
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Spain's acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said Tuesday he saw no alternative to a repeat of elections in Catalonia after the region's pro-independence bloc fractured over who to name as the new government's leader.Catalonia, worth a fifth of Spain's economic output, has been unable to form a government since a regional election in September due to disagreements between the winning, pro-independence coalition parties.If a new candidate is not chosen before Saturday, new regional elections will be called automatically.The prospect of new elections in Catalonia, most likely in March, increases the likelihood of a second national election this year as the receding threat of a strong Catalan government seeking a split from Spain will reduce pressure on Rajoy's center-right People's Party (PP) and the opposition Socialists to form a grand coalition to stand up to a separatist Catalan administration.
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