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AXJ SPAIN : Should Mariano Rajoy resign?

AXJ SPAIN : Should Mariano Rajoy resign? According to the following publication Mariano Rajoy is denying any wrongdoing in the present case of corruption in his Partido Popular (PP) Political Party and is willing to make his tax returns public. That will only infuriate the People of Spain more since that does not prove anything. The People of Spain have had enough or Rajoy and his Government and want them all to resign immediately. Spain's Rajoy denies wrongdoing in kickbacks scandal Spanish Prime Minister and the ruling People's Party (PP) leader Mariano Rajoy presides over his party's national executive committee in Madrid February 2, 2013. The People's Party denied on Thursday that Rajoy and other leaders received payments from a slush fund after a newspaper published what it said were secret party accounts. El Pais published images of excerpts of almost two decades of handwritten accounts that it said were maintained by People's Party treasurers. The newspaper said the accounts showed 11 years of payments to Rajoy of 25,200 euros ($34,200) a year. REUTERS/Susana Vera By Sarah White and Fiona Ortiz MADRID | Sat Feb 2, 2013 2:00pm EST (Reuters) - Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Saturday denied wrongdoing in a growing corruption scandal that threatens his credibility just as he makes headway against economic crisis. The ruling People's Party (PP) has been buffeted all week by media reports alleging its former treasurers operated a slush fund with donations from construction industry executives that were then doled out to Rajoy and other party leaders. "I need only two words: it's false," Rajoy said in a televised address after an extraordinary meeting of party leaders to discuss the allegations. Rajoy, who has had a reputation for being boring but clean, welcomed an investigation into the affair and said he would publish his tax declarations on the internet. Last week El Pais published extracts from what it said were secret ledgers by PP treasurers over 20 years. "It is not true that we received cash that we hid from tax officials," Rajoy said. He did not take media questions. The PP on Saturday also released findings from an internal probe into party accounts back to 1995, concluding payments to members and income from donations were correctly declared and legal. An external investigation would begin in weeks, the report said, and three auditing firms would pitch for the job. Dozens of police in riot gear guarded PP headquarters in central Madrid on Saturday. A small gathering of demonstrators shouted "resign" outside the building after several hundred people protested there on Thursday and Friday nights. The scandal has hit Rajoy, 57, just as he had appeared to make some headway in the country's financial crisis. Last year doubts over Spain's solvency forced state borrowing costs dangerously high and Rajoy looked to be on the brink of seeking an international bailout as Greece, Portugal and Ireland have. But market attacks have abated since the European Central Bank pledged it would back Spain. Rajoy has asked Spaniards for sacrifices and cut spending. His popularity has sunk during 13 months in office as austerity measures aggravate a deep recession and 26 percent unemployment. The small United Left party urged him to resign and call early elections over the scandal. But the PP has an absolute parliamentary majority and has shown no sign of any split that might allow opponents to carry a vote of no confidence. The main opposition Socialists demanded explanations but not his resignation. Polls show they would not win an election now. CORRUPTION "PERVASIVE " http://www.reuters .com/article/2013/ 02/02/us-spain-cor ruption-idUSBRE911 06G20130202  (Feb 2, 2013 | post #1)