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    Thousands Rally in Spain in Support for Non-Confidence Vote for PM Rajoy

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    Thousands of people rallied in support of passing a vote of non-confidence for President of Spain's government Mariano Rajoy Brey and the ruling People's Party (PP) over the involvement in a major corruption scandal.

    MADRID (Sputnik) — The rally in the Spanish capital of Madrid, which took place late on Sunday, was organized by the oppositional Unidos Podemos (United We Can) leftist alliance, including Podemos and United Left parties, which filed the vote of non-confidence proposal with the lower house of the country's parliament.

    Media reports suggested in April that Spain’s National Court summoned Rajoy to testify as a witness in the the landmark Gurtel corruption trial, the date of the hearing however, has not been announced.

    Rajoy's governance has been overshadowed by a number of corruption scandals including the Gurtel case launched in October 2016, after nine years of investigations. Under the case, 37 PP members were accused of involvement in a corruption network by giving public contracts worth over 350 million euros ($382 million) after having received bribes. Some of the involved PP members, including the party's treasurer, testified that the PP leadership was aware of the scheme.

    Opposition has demanded Rajoy step down and rallied in protest, while Rajoy rejected any accusations of being aware of the situation.


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