Spanish corrupt right-wing minority government, buh bye!

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Anger continues at corruption revelations in Spain‘s ruling People’s Party.

10 July 2013

A corruption scandal which has plagued Spain’s People’s Party for months has intensified.

Dutch NOS TV reports today (translated):

Spanish government‘s downfall over big corruption scandal

The government of the Spanish Prime Minister Rajoy has fallen. A majority in parliament voted for a vote of no confidence against him. …

It is the first time in the democratic history of Spain that the parliament is sacking a sitting prime minister. The reason is one of the biggest corruption scandals ever in the country.

Of the 350 MPs, 180 voted in favor of the motion, which also appoints [social democrat PSOE party leader] Sánchez as the temporary successor of Rajoy. …

Corruption within the Partido Popular

Last week party members of Prime Minister Rajoy‘s conservative Partido Popular (PP) were sentenced to long prison sentences and high fines of up to 4 million euros. They had let themselves be corrupted for years by businessmen, in exchange for lucrative orders. The sentences in the years long case rose to 52 years in prison.

Not only the individual politicians and businessmen, but also the party was punished for the scandal. The PP was fined 245,000 euros, because the party has benefited from a corrupt system. Prime Minister Rajoy himself has insisted from the outbreak of the scandal on that he knew nothing, something that the judge has called “not sufficiently credible“.

RAJOY REPLACED Pedro Sánchez is Spain’s new prime minister, after Mariano Rajoy lost a parliamentary confidence vote triggered by a long-running corruption trial involving members of his center-right party. [Reuters]

11 thoughts on “Spanish corrupt right-wing minority government, buh bye!

  1. Mr Rajoy’s defeat was apparent before the vote in the Spanish parliament, with the no-confidence motion passing by 180 to 169 with one abstention.

    The right-wing Ciudadanos party was the only major grouping to support Mr Rajoy’s conservative People’s Party (PP), while the Basque National Party and the left backed Mr Sanchez’s bid to become prime minister.

    Mr Rajoy faced flak over his handling of a major corruption scandal which involved the PP allegedly running a secret campaign fund from 1999 to 2005.

    Former party treasurer Luis Barcenas was found guilty of receiving bribes, money-laundering and tax crimes earlier this month, receiving a 33-year jail sentence.

    He was among 29 officials and business people convicted of securing bribes in return for municipal contracts

    Podemos leader Pablo Iglesias … hoped that his party could join forces with the PSOE and play a role in the new government.

    Mr Iglesias wants fresh elections next year “with a plural and stable government.”

    Now is the time to “leave behind a time of corruption, inequality and confrontation,” he said.

    The political crisis in Spain has caused unease across the EU, where support for the neoliberal bloc is falling due to its role in the recent instability in Italy.


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