Aznar deeply upset at party's tribulations
The former Prime Minister made the comments the same day a former ETA captive turned politician renounced his membership.23 May 2008
MADRID - Former Prime Minister José María Aznar on Thursday said he is "deeply upset" by what is occurring within his own Popular Party on the same day that José Antonio Ortega Lara, a former ETA captive turned politician, renounced his membership.
Aznar, who previously called for the PP to "stick to its principles" amid a deepening rift between moderates and hardliners, made the comment while returning from a symposium in Peru, sources close to the former conservative prime minister said.
Lara, a former prison guard who was kidnapped for a year and a half by ETA in 1996 and 1997, had been a member of the PP since 1987. He gave no reasons for his resignation, which came after María San Gil, the leader of the PP in the Basque Country, confirmed that she will not seek re-election at a regional party assembly in July.
Since losing the general election on 9 March, several prominent figures have abandoned the party, due principally to ideological differences with current PP president Mariano Rajoy.
[El Pais / Expatica]