Zapatero accused of misusing army plane

27th July 2006, Comments 0 comments

27 July 2006, MADRID – The Spanish prime minister was on Thursday accused of abusing state resources in a trip his family made to London.

27 July 2006

MADRID – The Spanish prime minister was on Thursday accused of abusing state resources in a trip his family made to London.

Conservative parliamentary assistant spokesman Vicente Martinez Pujalte said it was wrong of Zapatero to have used a military 11-seater falcon plane to fly to Britain with his wife and two daughters.

At the end of the trip, made last weekend, one of his daughters remained in Britain to study an English course.

"Zapatero confuses the public with the private and is becoming accustomed to living like a millionaire", said Pujalte, stating his opinion was a personal one and not the official view of his PP party.

Zapatero used his family visit to Britain to prepare the next official visit to Spain of the British prime minister Tony Blair.

He stayed at the Spanish Embassy and had dinner with the ambassador to Britain Carlos Miranda.

Zapatero’s office confirmed he did make the trip and said for security reasons Zapatero had to travel in state planes, accompanied by security personnel.

Public administrations minister Jordi Sevilla told reporters later on Wednesday Zapatero had done nothing wrong and his transport arrangements had been a matter of "common sense".

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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