Spain’s two contenders for the premiership have been scoring points off each other in the one and only televised debate before elections on November 20.
With the Socialists lagging way behind the centre- right People’s Party, their leader Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba presented himself as the man to create jobs. But only after Mariano Rajoy attacked the Socialists’ record, blaming them for Spain’s current crisis.
“The situation has become unsustainable because there are more than five million people in Spain who cannot work; because of all the accumulated debt; because of the damage to the economy. But more than anything else, the situation has become unsustainable because of the government’s incapacity to correct the situation,” said Rajoy.
His rival Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba responded:
“If I get elected as the prime minister, I will seek an agreement for employment as a national priority. An agreement with the political parties, with the unions, with the political forces and, of course, with the institutions. Secondly, I will seek a balance between public spending and the necessary incentives to create jobs.”
Outside the television studios a small group of “Indignados” demonstrated against both parties. With unemployment sky-high voter anger is evident.
Opinion polls claimed Rajoy on the night narrowly won the debate.
Spain's would-be PMs face each other in TV debate