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Electioneering starts to heat up in Spain

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Electioneering starts to heat up in Spain


With election fever gripping Spain, the ruling Socialists are meeting this weekend to work out their campaign platform. The country goes to the polls on March the 9th and observers say the contest is expected to be tight. The government’s number two, Maria-Teresa Fernandez de la Vega, launched a stinging attack on the opposition.

She said: “Before it was terrorism and now it’s the economy. In reality, what they’re interested in is not terrorism, not the economy, not the future of Spain, or its people, and everyone knows it. The only thing the right is interested in is getting back in power.”

The ruling party is promising a range of new social measures if re-elected, while highlighting its results to date. The opposition conservative People’s Party is led by Mariano Rajoy. He also attended a political rally today, accusing the government of not being up to the job in terms of handling the economy.

He also spoke about terrorism, saying the Socialists took too long to outlaw some parties in the Basque region. Claiming that only the People’s Party has the competence on matters to do with the economy, he is promising to lower taxes on salaries by about 16 percent if elected.

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