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Spain's Rajoy Apologises for Corruption Scandal but Rejects Calls to Step Down

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29 minutes
First broadcast:
Thursday 01 August 2013

Spain's Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy, apologises for his handling of a corruption scandal which he says has harmed the country's image abroad. He says he made a mistake trusting the former treasurer of his People's Party, Luis Barcenas, who is accused of making illegal bonus payments to senior party figures from a fund of donations provided by businesses. But he has rejected allegations of his own corruption, along with calls for him to step down.

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