04 marzo 2008

Spain Election Debate: Cómo se ve desde fuera

Testy Exchange at Spain Election Debate.

Así lo han contado en NY Times:

Perhaps the angriest exchange between Zapatero and conservative leader Mariano Rajoy centered on the March 11, 2004, commuter train bombings by Islamic militants that killed 191 people and wounded more than 1,800.

Rajoy's party, in power at the time, had supported the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq and initially blamed the carnage on the Basque separatist group ETA even as evidence of Islamic involvement mounted.

The conservatives were voted out of power in elections held three days later, and Zapatero took power. He quickly brought home Spanish peacekeepers from Iraq.

Holding up a photocopy of a news clipping in which Rajoy said he was convinced ETA was involved in the train bombings, Zapatero said: ''You should apologize to the Spanish people.'' He then tried to get Rajoy to condemn the Iraq war.

El texto íntegro en NYTimes.com

Por su parte, el Financial Times dice:

Spain's public life has become very polarised. The rightwing opposition Partido Popular, in power for eight years after a 14-year Socialist reign, remains unreconciled to losing the past election, in the wake of the March 2004 Madrid train bombings by north African jihadis.

Instead of acting as a parliamentary opposition, the PP has tried to impugn constitutionally major initiatives of the Socialists, in an effort to paralyse government. Mariano Rajoy, its lacklustre leader, has failed to emerge from the shadow of José María Aznar, the former prime minister, and has colluded in a hysterical campaign by the Catholic hierarchy that calls into question the legitimacy of the government.

Asticulo completo en FT.com Ha aparecido en meneame

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