Spain's parliament on Tuesday began to debate a no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy after corruption scandals linked to his ruling People's Party. Mia Womersley reports.
Facing a vote of no confidence. Spain's parliament debating a motion against Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Tuesday. It was filed by the country's anti-austerity party Podemos, citing a catalogue of corruption scandals that have shaken the ruling People's Party over the last few years. The vote is not expected to win the support of the absolute majority needed to force the PM out. He won re-election last year and leads a minority government. Podemos calls the motion a rally against the PP's use of public coffers and institutions to defend their own interests to the detriment of the electorate. Dozens of its members have been implicated in graft cases over the last few years and months. Rajoy has been called to testify as a witness at a trial. The People's Party denies that any senior party officials were involved in corruption. Saying only a tiny number of its politicians are corrupt and that it is tackling the problem. This vote, to be held on Wednesday, is seen as a direct challenge to the Socialist party. Podemos hopes to seize their position as the traditional left-wing opposition. The Socialists enabled Rajoy's re-election last October after 10 months of political deadlock by abstaining in a parliamentary vote.