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Spain awaits Prime Ministers response to ETA bombings

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Spain awaits Prime Ministers response to ETA bombings


Small ceremonies continue to take place in Spain to remember the two Ecuadorian nationals killed in the December 30th ETA bombing of Madrid airport. Meanwhile, the Spanish Prime Minister has given his first interview since the attack. Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero told El Pais newspaper of his government’s surprise at the strike. But any announcement about how he intends to deal with the Basque separatists must wait until Monday’s session of parliament. His deputy, Maria Teresa Fernandez de la Vega, said it will be a chance for the opposition party to “stop being divisive and start being constructive.”

The Popular Party, to whom she was referring, has been heavily critical of Zapatero’s reaction to the bombing. Opposition leader Mariano Rajoy called for a boycott of yesterday’s peace marches because he claims the Premier’s stance was not clear. “I asked him to clear it up.” said Rajoy, “He could have done it on the day itself, or after the ridiculous ETA statement. Now he’ll just have to do it in Parliament.”

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