By Jason Moore

THE leader of the Balearic government, Francesc Antich, was working yesterday to repair the deep divisions which have broken out within his coalition government.

Antich, who is even under pressure from his own socialist party to dissolve the coalition, held talks yesterday with his pact partners, the Majorcan Unionist and the Left-Wing/Nationalist grouping, the Bloc. The biggest political crisis seen in recent years broke out after two serving Balearic ministers of the Majorcan Unionist Party, were named in a major police corruption probe. Minister of Tourism, Miguel Nadal, resigned but Environment Minister Miguel Angel Grimalt so far remains in his post.

Antich had threatened to dissolve the coalition and even call early elections. He appears now to have backtracked and has decided to try and continue with his multiparty administration. Yesterday, political sources said that an “anti-corruption” clause would be added so that any member of the government caught up in a police investigation would be forced to quit his or her post. Apart from the two ministers, the Speaker of the Balearic Parliament Maria Antonia Munar has also been named in the police probe.

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