Responding to calls for his resignation following allegations last week that he had, while in power, accepted illegal “hidden” bonus payments, Spanish Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy, announced that his income tax return and declaration of personal wealth is to be published on the Government website, La Moncloa, this week.
The Prime Minister has promised to provide “everything necessary for the truth to be made absolutely clear” following the accusations over alleged opaque accounts within the PP (Partido Popular).
At a meeting of the PP Executive Board, Rajoy said he wants the Party “to operate with the utmost transparency, complete thoroughness and absolute formality. And that is how it will be.”
Rajoy said that all Spanish citizens, “whether they voted for us or not,” have a “right to feel assured that they are being led by honest and honourable people,” because “we must not allow some people, the people of Spain, of whom we are asking great effort and sacrifice, to have the impression that we do not meet the most stringent of ethical standards or act with the maximum diligence.”
For that reason, Mariano Rajoy promised that “the truth will be made absolutely clear,” and that “we will take every step necessary to ensure that no shadow of doubt remains over this issue.”
To this end, he announced that his income tax return and declaration of personal wealth will be made publicly available on the Moncloa Palace website.
The Prime Minister stressed that “never, I repeat, never have I received or distributed undeclared money, either within this party or elsewhere.”
Rajoy then went on to point out that the Government of Spain “has a clear course set” and “that we will not see ourselves diverted.” He added: “we are on the right path. I am aware that the fruits of our labour are not yet apparent, but they will be because the seeds have been sown. They have not been sown haphazardly but rather meticulously, with great effort and great sacrifice.”
Finally, Mariano Rajoy said that he will continue “working to live in a country where evidence and courts are necessary to judge, sentence and condemn. The shadow of a hint of a manipulated clue cannot be used to strip any Spanish citizen of his presumed innocence, it simply cannot. If that were the case, we would end up living in an uninhabitable country.”