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Protests as scandal-hit Spain PM denies corruption

Published on Feb 3, 2013 5:55 AM
 
People hold posters depicting Spanish Prime Minister and Popular Party leader Mariano Rajoy with a black mask on his eyes and reading "Resignation" during a demonstration against corruption scandals implicating the PP, outisde the PP headquarters in Barcelona on Feb 2, 2013. -- PHOTO: AFP

MADRID (AFP) - Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Saturday denied allegations that he received undeclared payments from his ruling party as he fought off a major corruption scandal in the face of angry street protests.

Rajoy vowed not to resign despite the publication of documents purportedly showing secret payments to him and other top party officials, branding the damaging reports "harassment".

He promised to publish full details of his income and assets, speaking at an emergency meeting of his conservative Popular Party as angry demonstrators outside called for him to step down.

"I have never received nor distributed undeclared money," he said, adding that he would publish online his "statements of income, patrimony and any information necessary" to refute the allegations.

 
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