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Catalan separatist party will leave regional govt. if election called

MADRID - Catalan pro-independence party ERC would leave the regional government if regional president Carles Puigdemont calls a snap election, a party source said on Thursday.
Puigdemont is set to call a snap regional election, according to political allies, a move that could help break a one-month deadlock between the Madrid government and separatists seeking a split from Spain.
"It is not justified. It is an explicit renouncement of the October 1 mandate without any sort of compensation," the party source said.
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