PM defends minister laying troubled track

19th November 2007, Comments 0 comments

19 November 2007, Madrid - Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero on Sunday came to the defense of Public Works Minister Magdalena Álvarez, two days after the Catalan regional parliament approved a motion calling for her to be removed from her post over the problems that have afflicted the region's rail services.

19 November 2007

Madrid - Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero on Sunday came to the defense of Public Works Minister Magdalena Álvarez, two days after the Catalan regional parliament approved a motion calling for her to be removed from her post over the problems that have afflicted the region's rail services.

"This public works minister will be the minister who has laid the most kilometers of high-speed railway track and the most kilometers of highway. One who doesn't build doesn't have problems," Zapatero said.

Álvarez has borne the brunt of criticism for problems in the construction of a high-speed rail link between Madrid and Barcelona that have delayed trains and cancelled services daily for more than a month.

[Copyright EL PAÍS, SL. /Ángeles Espinosa 2007]

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