Anti-Austerity party Podemos filed a motion of no confidence against Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Friday over corruption scandals within the People's Party. Rough cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT. NO REPORTER NARRATION. Spanish anti-austerity party Podemos filed a motion of no confidence against Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Friday (May 19), citing a slew of corruption scandals that have shaken the ruling People's Party (PP) over the last few years. Podemos, which has its roots in widespread protests during Spain's economic crisis, said the motion was a rally against the PP's use of public coffers and institutions to defend their own interests at the detriment to the electorate. Podemos, led by Pablo Iglesias, does not have enough votes to win the motion on its own, but the timing is a direct challenge to the Socialists who are due to pick a new leader on Saturday (May 20) who may either help dethrone Rajoy or one who will allow the left to languish in second place. Dozens of PP members - including former economy minister and IMF chief Rodrigo Rato - have been implicated in graft cases over the last few years and months showing, say opposition parties, an entrenched level of corruption in the ruling party. Rajoy is not accused of any wrongdoing, but the accusations are an embarrassment for the Spanish Prime Minister who has sought to distance himself from a series of political scandals involving kickbacks.