The Spanish prime minister must have been hoping the corruption scandal engulfing his party would disappear.
But on a visit to a car factory in Zaragoza, the only questions were about the allegations that his People’s Party has been financed illegally for the last 20 years.
Mariano Rajoy, gave only an indirect reference to the scandal saying: “We tend to talk about things that are not the best, but we also have to talk about the important and good things.”
Opposition parties have called for the prime minister’s resignation:Joan Josep Nuet from the La Izquierda Plural party said: “The PP is steeped in corruption. And now they’re offering us a friendly dialogue so that we’ll look the other way”
Documents published in El Mundo newspaper this week show the name of the prime minister and two payments of 12,600 euros.
The ledger was reportedly operated by former party treasurer Luis Barcenas. He is in custody facing trial for corruption and tax fraud. He denies the allegations but admits the handwriting is his.