By H. Carter

ROSA Estaras, the leader of the conservative Partido Popular Balearic opposition party, yesterday warned President Francesc Antich that his weakened coalition government can only count on the support of the PP “if he is prepared to offer serious dialogue with the best interests of the Balearic population at heart.” Yesterday was the first time Antich and his government sat in parliament in the minority after the suspension of the rebel Majorcan Unionist Party MP Bartomeo Vicens over his alleged involvement in the Son Oms urban corruption scandal which could still land him in jail.

Vicens yesterday moved over to sit with the Mixed Party and in doing so, reduced the number of Unionist MPs in the house to two, insufficient for the party to continue operating in its own right, and reduced the coalition government to 29 seats - the same as the Partido Popular.