Spain PM rejects calls to resign, hold elections in scandal

Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy speaks during a Spanish Parliament session in Madrid, Spain on Thursday, Aug 1, 2013. Mr Rajoy rejected calls on Thursday for him to resign and call snap elections over allegations that he received corrupt payment
Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy speaks during a Spanish Parliament session in Madrid, Spain on Thursday, Aug 1, 2013. Mr Rajoy rejected calls on Thursday for him to resign and call snap elections over allegations that he received corrupt payments from his party. -- PHOTO: AP

MADRID (AFP) - Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy rejected calls on Thursday for him to resign and call snap elections over allegations that he received corrupt payments from his party.

"I am not going to resign, nor am I going to call legislative elections," he told a special session of parliament in response to calls from opposition party leaders.