Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez will not resign after allegations against wife

By Laura Gozzi

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez has said he will stay on as Spain’s leader, following five days of speculation over his future.

Last week, Mr Sánchez announced he was cancelling all official engagements after a court opened an initial inquiry into his wife over corruption claims.

He called the allegations a harassment campaign orchestrated by right-wing media.

Mr Sánchez has been in power since 2018.

Spanish PM Sánchez
Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez says he will stay on as Spain’s leader after a period of consideration

His decision last week to take time out from his duties to reflect on whether it was worth carrying on as prime minister came as a surprise even to people from his own Socialist Party (PSOE).

The accusations against Mr Sánchez’s wife, Begoña Gómez, were brought against her by the organisation Manos Limpias (Clean Hands), led by a man linked to the far-right called Miguel Bernad.

On Thursday, Madrid’s public prosecutor called for the probe to be shelved for lack of evidence. Manos Limpias also acknowledged the allegations might be incorrect because they were based on online newspaper stories – one of which has already proven to be false.

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