Spanish PM Sánchez Considers Resigning Amid Corruption Probe into Wife

Spanish PM Sánchez considers resigning amid corruption allegations against his wife, as right-wing parties seek to delegitimize his government ahead of crucial elections.

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Spanish PM Sánchez Considers Resigning Amid Corruption Probe into Wife

Spanish PM Sánchez Considers Resigning Amid Corruption Probe into Wife

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez has published a "letter to the citizenry" ahead of upcoming elections, stating that he is considering resigning after a court launched a preliminary investigation into allegations of influence peddling and corruption involving his wife, Begoña Gómez. In the emotional three-page letter, Sánchez said he would suspend his public duties to "stop and reflect" on whether to continue leading the government or renounce the honor.

The shock announcement came after a Spanish court said earlier on Wednesday that it was investigating Gómez's private dealings, following a complaint filed by the far-right group Manos Limpias (Clean Hands). The group accused Gómez of using her position to influence business deals. Sánchez denied the allegations as false and said he will consider resigning if the "mud pit" of right-wing politics continues. "The justice system will call the directors of two right-wing and far-right-leaning online newspapers to testify in the case against my wife," Sánchez wrote.

Sánchez accused opposition leaders, including Alberto Núñez Feijóo of the People's Party (PP) and Santiago Abascal of the far-right Vox party, of collaborating with those circulating the claims against his wife in an attempt to delegitimize his government. "The attacks on my wife are serious. People often forget that politicians are also human beings," Sánchez stated in the letter. He criticized the role of right-wing media and online news sites aligned with the opposition parties, accusing them of spreading "spurious" allegations that led to the probe.

Why this matters: The possibility of a governmental crisis comes just weeks before important regional and European elections in Spain. If Sánchez were to step down, it is unlikely that anyone would prevail in forming a new government, and another general election would be the more likely outcome.

Sánchez said the seriousness of the attacks against him and his wife merited a measured response. He stated that his wife has done nothing wrong and will cooperate with the investigation. The prime minister's inner circle met informally to try to convince him to continue, but he has asked for time to think. Sánchez will address the nation on Monday, April 29, 2024 to reveal if he will resign. "I need to urgently respond to the question of whether it is 'worth it' to continue leading the government or renounce the honor," Sánchez wrote in the letter to the citizenry.

Key Takeaways

  • Spanish PM Pedro Sánchez considers resigning due to corruption allegations against his wife.
  • Sánchez accuses opposition parties of collaborating to delegitimize his government.
  • Sánchez's wife, Begoña Gómez, is under investigation for alleged influence peddling.
  • Sánchez will address the nation on April 29, 2024 to reveal if he will resign.
  • Resignation could lead to a governmental crisis and new elections in Spain.