Cabinet holds first meeting since expulsion of Podemos deputy

The first cabinet meeting between coalition partners PSOE and Podemos since the expulsion of Podemos’ Alberto Rodríguez has concluded with both parties failing to reach an agreement on labour reforms.

The two hour meeting – which was called by Podemos – was set up to resolve concerns over ministers over reaching their portfolios.

Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez chaired the meeting, after voicing his belief that a full coalition meeting was needed to discuss the issues.

This is the third time that both parties have held full meetings, the first in February and March 2020 to formally launch the coalition, secondly in July and finally in January this year.

Last week Alberto Rodríguez was expelled from the Congress of Deputies after being found guilty of assaulting a police officer – a charge he still denies.

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