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Rajoy vows action over latest party corruption allegations

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Rajoy vows action over latest party corruption allegations


Protesters targeted the Madrid headquarters of the ruling People’s Party on Saturday night, over new revelations about a former party treasurer, embroiled in an ongoing corruption inquiry.

One Spanish newspaper alleged that Luis Barcenas had – over 20 years – collected illegal payments from companies and distributed them to leading party members.

Court papers have also revealed that he held a secret Swiss bank account worth 22 million euros.

Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy promised to take action against wrongdoers in his party: “If at any point I am aware of irregular or inappropriate conduct related to members of our party, I will not waiver, I will not waiver,” he said.

Amid Spain’s deep debt crisis, the opposition has seized on the scandal. Socialist leader Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba said: “If it is proven, and it seems it will be, that Mr Barcenas used fiscal amnesty to launder his money, then the finance minister must resign.”

Barcenas stepped down in 2009 when the probe began into alleged kickbacks from businesses to party officials.

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