By Humphrey Carter

THE President of the Balearics, Francesc Antich, yesterday admitted during an official visit to Minorca that he “can no longer tolerate” the political crisis which is rocking his government.

The Majorcan Unionist Party's Minister for Tourism, Miguel Angel Nadal, and Miguel Angel Grimalt, the Environment Minister have this week been implicated in a new corruption scandal along with the party's Honorary President and Speaker of the Balearic Parliament, Maria Antonia Munar. And, with rebel UM MP and Council of Majorca's former planning chief, Bartomeu Vicens also under suspicion, it appears that Antich is going to take some decisive action.

He said yesterday that all the political parties, including the opposition Partido Popular, have a responsibility to help resolve the institutional crisis and the PP have said it is prepared to sit down for talks and help Antich restore some order and credibility in government.

The President of the Balearic Partido Popular, Jose Ramon Bauza, yesterday offered Antich his party's backing should he break away from the other members of the left wing coalition government.

Bauza ruled out talks of forming a political pact with the Socialists although the party is prepared to help restore some political order.


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