Health Minister resigns
The Minister of Health, Social Services and Equality, Ana Mato, announced this afternoon that she has resigned after Judge Pablo Ruz issued a statement which said that she was “a participant for profit” in the alleged crimes of their ex-husband, Jesus Sepulveda, in the Gürtel corruption case.
Although the Minister is not directly accused of being involved in any crime, she has decided to stand down ‘for the good of the government’.
The Gürtel corruption case is an ongoing investigation involving officers of the ruling People’s Party (PP). The accusations in the case include bribery, money laundering and tax evasion and involve a circle of businessmen led by Francisco Correa and politicians belonging to the People’s Party. The investigation centres on party funding and the award of contracts by local and regional government in Valencia, the Community of Madrid and elsewhere.