Under-fire opposition leader named candidate

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10 September 2007, MADRID- (AFP) - The under fire head of Spain's main opposition conservative Popular Party, Mariano Rajoy, was on Monday officially named candidate for prime minister for a general election in March 2008.

10 September 2007

MADRID- (AFP) - The under fire head of Spain's main opposition conservative Popular Party, Mariano Rajoy, was on Monday officially named candidate for prime minister for a general election in March 2008.

"I've accepted the challenge ... The sole aim is to win the elections and to govern," he said in a televised address from the party headquarters.

Rajoy was appointed the party's candidate by the national leadership of the Popular Party (PP), according to its rules which do not allow for him to be chosen directly by party members.

His approval ratings trail those of Socialist Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, who polls suggest is well placed to win a second term.

Rajoy succeeded two-term prime minister Jose Maria Aznar as leader of the Popular Party ahead of its surprise general election loss to Zapatero's Socialists on March 14, 2004, just three days after the Madrid train bombings which killed 191 people.

[Copyright AFP with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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