Spain's PP leader considers code of conduct

16th October 2009, Comments 0 comments

Mariano Rajoy proposes setting a code of conduct for its party members in a bid to fight the ongoing corruption scandals.

Madrid – Spain's conservative opposition leader on Thursday announced a code of conduct for members in an attempt to turn the page on a corruption scandal that has engulfed the party.

Popular Party leader Mariano Rajoy also voiced his "confidence" in the head of the Valencia regional government, Francisco Camps, a senior PP member who had been the subject of a judicial probe over the scandal.

On Wednesday, Rajoy ordered the dismissal of Camps' deputy, Ricardo Costa, over the allegations that businessmen paid bribes to regional PP lawmakers to guarantee lucrative construction contracts.

"As president (of the PP) I will not accept conduct that could shame members of our party," Rajoy told a news conference.

He said he would propose to the party's executive committee "a code of good conduct which goes much farther than is legally required."

A number of PP members in the Valencia and Madrid regions have been under investigation since February over the alleged bribes.

Spanish media last week published transcripts of wiretaps and interviews that painted a murky picture of backhanders, bribes and illicit gifts allegedly linked to a group of companies run by Francisco Correa, a PP event organiser.

Correa allegedly held a number of secret accounts under the name "Don Vito", the name of the lead character played by Marlon Brando in the "Godfather" films.

Last August, a court in Valencia dropped a corruption probe against Camps. Prosecutors have since appealed the decision.

AFP / Expatica

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