Spain PM admits he erred in trusting colleague in scandal
MADRID (AFP) - Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy admitted for the first time on Thursday that he made a mistake in trusting a senior party colleague at the centre of a major financial scandal but denied any wrongdoing and vowed to stay in power.
Mr Rajoy, 58, appeared to be in fighting mood in parliament, however, pouring scorn on calls for his resignation as a result of the allegations surrounding his ruling Popular Party's disgraced former treasurer, Luis Barcenas.
"I made a mistake in maintaining confidence in someone who we now know did not deserve it," Mr Rajoy told lawmakers, after having resisted for months to even pronounce Barcenas' name in public.
However, he refused to resign.