Spain

Two leaders clash in televised debate


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Spain’s two main political party leaders clashed in a TV debate last night ahead of the 20th November poll.

The ruling Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party (PSOE) leader, Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba, tried to suggest that the People’s Party (PP) leader, Mariano Rajoy, had a hidden agenda and that the people had much to fear from their election. Rajoy in turn pointed out that Rubalcaba was part of the government that had run Spain into the problems it faced today.

Analyst’s comments suggest that neither party scored any clinching points. With the People’s Party enjoying a lead of 17% in the polls there was very little that Rubalcaba could have done to make a dent. Rubalcaba has struggled to distance himself from the highly unpopular prime minister, Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, with whom her served for seven years.

There are no further debates scheduled.

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