Denis Foynes – Spain’s Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy has rejected demands for his resignation. He has stated that he will not give in to the “blackmail.”
The resignation calls are fuelled by alleged ties to a suspect in a payments scandal.
The issue blew up after the publication in a Spanish newspaper of friendly mobile text messages he purportedly sent to Luis Barcenas, the disgraced treasurer at the heart of the slush fund affair.
Meanwhile, Barcenas stated in court allegations that Rajoy received payments from a slush fund. It is claimed that Barcenas ran a slush fund that acquired donations from construction tycoons and spread them to party leaders in cash.
Rajoy claims he must fulfill his mandate to the people. However, you could imagine the fury in Spain upon receiving this news with the economic crisis that is currently engulfing the country.
The leader of Spain’s main opposition Socialist Party, Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba, said he was cutting off all communication with the prime minister and his party.
“Given the unsustainable political situation in Spain, the Socialist Party calls for the immediate resignation of Mariano Rajoy as head of the government,” he stated to reporters in Madrid.
“Mr Rajoy’s conduct in this situation can be summarized quite simply: silence, lies, and after what we have learned today, collusion, extremely serious collusion,” Rubalcaba explained.