Spain’s Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy says he is prepared to appear before parliament to face questions over a corruption scandal that is
dogging the government.
His decision is in response to a threat from the opposition that it would hold a no-confidence vote if he refused.
“I will appear before parliament in order to give full explanations because I think that is where I should do it. So I can tell the people what has happened and give my version of events. I think the best place to do so is parliament where our national sovereignty is represented across the board,” Rajoy said during a press conference.
The scandal involves disgraced former People’s Party treasurer Luis Barcenas who is said to have run a slush fund through which alleged illegal payments were made party officials including Rajoy.
Spain’s El Mundo newspaper revealed the scandal and published texts said to show Rajoy’s close links to Barcenas.
Spaniards buckling under the weight of austerity measures who have read about large sums of money exchanging hands have reacted angrily to the corruption allegations.