Zapatero takes swipe at Rajoy from Africa

9th September 2004, Comments 0 comments

9 September 2004, TUNIS – The Spanish prime minister found time on a visit to Tunisia Thursday to make jokes at the expense of his political rival back home.

9 September 2004

TUNIS – The Spanish prime minister found time on a visit to Tunisia Thursday to make jokes at the expense of his political rival back home.

José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero referred to the plans for the opposition Popular Party to appoint former prime minister Jose Maria Aznar as party president and for veteran Manuel Fraga to carry on as regional president in Galicia.

Zapatero said: "I can understand that Mariano Rajoy (PP leader) is worried because leading a party with three leaders is complicated."

The prime minister was making reference to Rajoy's comments after the two men met to discuss parliamentary business.

The opposition leader said he was worried before seeing Zapatero and "more worried" afterwards. 

The two met to discuss the Socialist's proposed reform of the Spanish Constitution which would grant more power to the regions.

Zapatero was in Tunisia for an annual meeting with the African state's leaders.

Meanwhile, in Spain, Joan Puigcercós, secretary general of the left-wing Catalonian regional party ERC, said Aznar's appointment as party president would allow him to monitor his successor, Rajoy.

Commenting on Aznar's apparent decision to return to Spanish politics, instead of  starting a new career, an ERC spokesman said: "Poor Rajoy."

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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