Zapatero pledges "an end to useless social tensions"

26th November 2007, Comments 0 comments

26 November 2007 , Madrid - Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero appealed to voters on Sunday to hand his Socialist Party a broader parliamentary majority in the March general election, arguing that only by giving the government more freedom to act would it be possible to overcome the bitter political divisions that have marked the past legislature.

26 November 2007

Madrid - Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero appealed to voters on Sunday to hand his Socialist Party a broader parliamentary majority in the March general election, arguing that only by giving the government more freedom to act would it be possible to overcome the bitter political divisions that have marked the past legislature.

In a speech before 7,000 Socialist Party members in Madrid, Zapatero accused the  opposition Popular Party of doing nothing but "obstructing" progress over the last three and a half years, during which time the Socialists have lacked an absolute majority in Congress.

Zapatero, who yesterday was formally proclaimed the Socialist candidate in the election, said he would use a second term to build "social coexistence" and overcome the divisions that have appeared in Spanish society and politics.

"I ask for a larger majority in order to recover social and political coexistence in Spain... because this country has great ideological pluralism and growing diversity," Zapatero told the cheering crowd. "I want tolerance and respect in Spain and  an end to this useless tension."

In a separate event in Murcia yesterday, PP leader Mariano Rajoy pledged before around 6,000 conservative voters to work for Spain and for citizens' rights after a legislature that he claimed has been focused on the "past."

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Subject: Spanish news

 

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