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Millions call for Spain PM resignation

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Millions of people have pressed for the resignation of Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy over accusations of political fund embezzlement.

An online count on Thursday showed over a million people have signed a petition to oust the Spanish premier and accuse him of receiving thousands of euros in a corruption scandal that lasted for 12 years.

“I demand the immediate resignation of Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and the calling of snap elections, as well as the resignation of any member of the Popular Party named in the documents who holds office publicly or in the party,” the Change.org petition read.

The poll found that 77 percent of people believe Rajoy can no longer run the country and 54 percent have asked for a general election.

This comes as Spain’s anti-corruption prosecutor called the country’s ruling People’s Party (PP) former Treasurer Luis Barcenas in for an inquiry on Wednesday over payments he hid from the party’s donors and business partners.

Barcenas handled the party’s payments from 1990 to 2008 and in that period allegedly concealed 120 million euros donated by a group of executives backed by pioneering businessman Francisco Correa.

Ever since the Spanish newspaper El Pais published “secret papers” of payment records from business partners to members of Rajoy’s party on January 31, the premier has called the charges “false.”

El Pais claimed that the premier had received 25,200 euros per year from 1997 to 2008, stressing that such payments would be legal if he declared them to the taxman.

The scandal has sparked public outrage against the Spanish government, coming on top of Rajoy’s austerity measures that place huge demands of sacrifices on Spaniards in the recession-hit country.


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