facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Socialists threaten to oust Spanish president

July 13, 2013 at 3:22 PM   |   Comments

MADRID, July 13 (UPI) -- The Spanish Socialist Workers' Party has threatened to oust President Mariano Rajoy through a vote of no-confidence, officials said.

The vote was prompted by Rajoy's conservative People's Party's decision to keep Rajoy from testifying in a case involving Luis Barcenas Gutierrez, a former treasurer and senator of the PP accused of paying extra wages to top party members, including Rajoy, over a 10-year period, ThinkSpain reported Saturday.

The PP said Rajoy did not need to testify in the case because he has "said all he has got to say" and had nothing else of value to add to court proceedings.

Socialist spokeswoman Soraya Rodriguez said her party has "not ruled out" the possibility of a no-confidence vote.

PP Congress spokesman Alfonso Alonso says he does not believe the Socialists will follow through with their threat because it does not meet the basic requirements for a no-confidence vote to prosper -- having a candidate to replace Rajoy before the vote, having a "clear alternative government plan" with potential ministers ready to take over each department, and having enough votes in favor from each of its members to form a majority.

Alonso says the socialists do not meet any of these three requirements.

© 2013 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Recommended UPI Stories
Featured UPI Collection
trending
Notable deaths of 2014 [PHOTOS]

Notable deaths of 2014 [PHOTOS]

Most Popular
1
Father of five children thought they would kill him, feed him to dogs Father of five children thought they would kill him, feed him to dogs
2
New video shows missing UVA student the morning she disappeared New video shows missing UVA student the morning she disappeared
3
Playboy Magazine names UPenn top party school for 2014 Playboy Magazine names UPenn top party school for 2014
4
Peshmerga forces kill senior Islamic State commander Peshmerga forces kill senior Islamic State commander
5
Texas woman set for execution for starving girlfriend's son Texas woman set for execution for starving girlfriend's son
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback