Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez will not resign after allegations against wife

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Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez has announced that he will continue to lead the country, ending five days of uncertainty about his future. The speculation arose after a court launched an initial investigation into corruption allegations against his wife, prompting Mr. Sánchez to cancel official engagements. He described the allegations as part of a harassment campaign fueled by right-wing media. However, following expressions of solidarity from various sectors of society and demonstrations across Spain in support of his leadership, Mr. Sánchez decided to remain in office.

Over the weekend, more than 10,000 people gathered in front of the Socialist Party’s headquarters in Madrid to show their support for the prime minister. Encouraged by this display of solidarity, Mr. Sánchez pledged to continue leading with renewed vigor. He emphasized that his decision was not just about his own destiny but about shaping the kind of society Spain aspires to be. Mr. Sánchez called for self-reflection, urging the nation to overcome the influence of negative forces on public life.

The allegations against Mr. Sánchez’s wife, Begoña Gómez, were brought by the organization Manos Limpias (Clean Hands), led by a figure associated with the far-right. However, Madrid’s public prosecutor recommended closing the investigation due to lack of evidence. Mr. Sánchez acknowledged the disconcertment caused by his initial announcement to take time off but emphasized the importance of pausing to reflect and make informed decisions.

While Mr. Sánchez’s allies celebrated his decision, opposition leaders criticized him for what they perceived as delaying tactics and attacks on democratic institutions. Isabel Díaz Ayuso of the Popular Party accused him of being “shameless” and suggested he focused more on addressing pressing issues rather than deflecting blame onto others. Miguel Bernad of Manos Limpias predicted that Mr. Sánchez’s decision could harm the Socialist Party and hinted at potential revelations that could further implicate him.

The timing of Mr. Sánchez’s announcement coincides with crucial elections in Spain, including European Parliament elections and regional elections in Catalonia. His leadership is further complicated by the coalition government’s reliance on Catalan separatist parties for support, which was secured through controversial concessions. Amidst these challenges, Mr. Sánchez faces pressure to navigate political turbulence while maintaining stability and unity within the government.

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