"Economy and immigration are priorities"

20th April 2007, Comments 0 comments

20 April 2007 , MADRID – Spanish opposition leader Mariano Rajoy listed the economy, immigration and crime as the most important issues facing Spaniards in a televised appearance.

20 April 2007

MADRID – Spanish opposition leader Mariano Rajoy listed the economy, immigration and crime as the most important issues facing Spaniards in a televised appearance. 

The leader of the conservative Popular Party said these issues would be his priority in campaigning for the 2008 general elections in which he is expected to once again be the opposition candidate for prime minister.

Rajoy appeared late Thursday on the TVE programme "I Have a Question for You" where he was quizzed by a live audience of 100 people selected from around the country.

One sticky moment came when a retired woman told him she found it difficult to manage on a pension of EUR 300 a month and demanded to know how much he earned.

"I earn quite a bit more than that amount but I work so that everyone can earn more," Rajoy answered.

Regarding immigration, the Popular Party leader said he was in favour, but stated strongly that there had to be limits.

He promised that if elected prime minister he would increase funding for police to fight crime.

Rajoy also said he would accept the decision of the court trying the suspects in the 11 March 11 2004 train bombings allegedly carried out by Islamic extremists when asked if he believed, as many in his party have insisted, that the Basque terrorist group ETA played a role.

TVE said Friday that 6,338,000 people tuned in to the broadcast, 500,000 more than the number who watched Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero in his appearance on the programme earlier this month.

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Subject: Spanish news

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