PRIME Minister Mariano Rajoy has insisted that Spain is not corrupt in a speech following the resignation of Health Minister Ana Mato.
Rajoy appealed to Spaniards not to see all politicians as corrupt, and insisted that he is serious about tackling the problem before next year’s elections by introducing two anti-corruption laws.
“I can understand the irritation and distrust of our citizens but suspicion should not be leveled at everyone,” he told parliament.
“Most politicians are decent people. Spain is not corrupt.”
Mato resigned on Wednesday after an investigating judge accused her of benefiting from a kickback scheme.
Mato denied her involvement in her resignation statement, saying she had not been charged with any crime.
One of Rajoy’s draft laws covers the financing of political parties and the other aims to improve transparency and prevention of conflict of interests in government roles.