Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez will not resign over allegations against wife

Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez will not resign over allegations against wife
Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez will not resign over allegations against wife

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Hind Al Soulia - Riyadh - MADRID — Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez has said he will stay on as Spain's leader, following five days of speculation over his future.

Sánchez canceled official engagements last week after a court opened an initial inquiry into his wife over corruption claims.

He denounced them as a harassment campaign by right-wing media.

Sánchez said he decided to stay on following "expressions of solidarity from all sections of society".

A series of demonstrations were held around Spain over the weekend, calling for the prime minister to continue in his post. More than 10,000 people gathered in front of the Socialist Party (PSOE)'s headquarters in Madrid in a show of support from the prime minister.

"Thanks to this mobilisation, I have decided to continue leading the presidency," Sánchez said, vowing to carry on "with more strength if possible".

"This isn't about the destiny of one leader - it's about deciding what kind of society we want to be. Our country needs this self-reflection. We have let the mud soil our public life for too long," he said.

The accusations against Sánchez's wife, Begoña Gómez, were brought against her by the organisation Manos Limpias (Clean Hands), led by a man linked to the far-right called Miguel Bernad.

On Thursday, Madrid's public prosecutor called for the probe to be shelved for lack of evidence. Manos Limpias also acknowledged the allegations might be incorrect because they were based on online newspaper stories - one of which has already proven to be false.

In his speech, Sánchez also acknowledged that his statement announcing his decision to take time off to reflect may have been "disconcerting" but said that "there are times when the only way to move forward is to stop, reflect and decide what way we want to go."

Many had expected Sánchez to either resign or to call a confidence motion.

Monday's announcement was met with jubilation by the leader's allies.

"Thank you for defending democracy, for championing decency and for fighting for a supportive and courageous Spain," PSOE spokesperson Esther Peña Camarero said on X.

But members of the opposition were less supportive.

Isabel Díaz Ayuso, the opposition Popular Party (PP)'s leader of the Madrid region, accused him of being "shameless".

She said the prime minister had taken five days to decide "how to attack judges, political rivals and the free press" and added: "He should give fewer speeches without journalists and more press conferences where he can be asked questions."

For his part, Miguel Bernad of Manos Limpias said Sánchez's decision to stay in his post could hurt the PSOE "tremendously" and claimed more evidence would appear that incriminated Sánchez himself. "I believe that in the coming days there may be events that will make him reconsider his position," Bernad said.

Last week, Conservative Popular Party leader Alberto Núñez Feijóo accused the prime minister of creating "a political survival operation" and turning the allegations against his wife and his subsequent response into a show ahead of crucial elections.

Indeed, Sánchez's decision to suspend public duties came at a tense time for his Socialist Party ahead of European Parliament elections in June and elections in the Catalonia region of north-eastern Spain next month.

Pedro Sánchez leads an awkward coalition that includes two Catalan separatist parties, which were persuaded to support the government in return for an amnesty that covered a banned Catalan referendum on secession in 2017. — BBC

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