Rajoy says Zapatero 'at sea' over reforms
7 September 2004, MADRID - Opposition leader Mariano Rajoy accused the government Tuesday of "not knowing what it wanted to do" about its proposed reform of the Spanish Constitution.
7 September 2004
MADRID - Opposition leader Mariano Rajoy accused the government Tuesday of "not knowing what it wanted to do" about its proposed reform of the Spanish Constitution.
Rajoy, leader of the Popular Party, made the comments after a one-hour meeting with prime minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero at the Moncloa Palace, the premier's official residence.
The meeting, which is usually held between the prime minister and opposition leader after the summer break, was expected to provoke fresh rows over the Socialists' proposed reform of the Constitution.
The government has promised to give more power to the regions through a proposed change to the Constitution – which the conservative Popular Party opposes.
At a press conference after the meeting, Rajoy said Zapatero did not clarify the government's position on the proposed reform.
He said he left the meeting "very worried".
Rajoy added: "And as I don't want to think that the government had wanted to trick me by hiding their plans, I have to think that the government and its president do not know what to do on these matters and they are incapable of working out how much this will cost."
But Zapatero later told journalists that he had explained his government's intentions to change the upper house of the Spanish parliament and relations with the regions "within the limits of the existing Constitution".
He added that he did not want to isolate the PP but to make these changes after discussion with all political parties.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news