Amidst demands of resignation, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has refused to step down from his position. The clamor for his resignation grew after several text messages surfaced showing him comforting a political party treasurer, who is under investigation over a slush fund and secret Swiss bank accounts.
The spectacle of alleged greed and corruption has enraged Spaniards hurting from austerity and sky high unemployment with no end in sight.
As Mariano Rajoy told reporters that he would not step down, former Popular Party treasurer Luis Barcenas testified behind closed doors in Madrid, telling a judge investigating the slush fund allegations that he gave tens of thousands of euros in secret cash payments to Rajoy and party secretary general Maria Delores de Cospedal between 2008 and 2010 while they were key opposition leaders.
Rajoy declined to comment on specifics, while Cospedal slammed Barcenas' declarations as ‘new slander and lies’ from a criminal suspect and said that she never received cash payments
Rajoy insisted after meeting with Poland's premier that he will ‘see out the mandate the Spanish electorate gave me. This is a stable government which is going to fulfill its obligations.’
Rajoy said that neither he nor other party figures received illegal payments, did not deny exchanging text messages with now the jailed former Popular Party treasurer Luis Barcenas.