Aznar set to be absent figure at PP campaign convention

16th November 2007, Comments 0 comments

16 November 2007, Madrid - Former Popular Party Prime Minister José María Aznar will not address party members when the opposition group holds a pre-election campaign conference this weekend, and may not even attend the three-day event, party sources said this week.

16 November 2007

Madrid - Former Popular Party Prime Minister José María Aznar will not address party members when the opposition group holds a pre-election campaign conference this weekend, and may not even attend the three-day event, party sources said this week.

The possible absence of Aznar at convention, which begins today and ends Sunday, contrasts with his prominence the last time the PP held a similar gathering in March 2006. Back then, the former premier stole the limelight from party leader Mariano Rajoy with a fiery tirade against the counterterrorism policies of the Socialist government. This time, the PP will seek to cast all the limelight on Rajoy and on the policies that the center-right party hopes will allow it to reclaim power next March.

Various roundtable meetings will be held at the convention, discussing issues ranging from terrorism and foreign policy to immigration and the economy. There will also be a talk about fighting climate change in an apparent bid  to play up the PP's green credentials after a recent Rajoy gaffe on the issue.

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