April 25, 2018 / 10:30 AM / 3 months ago

Regional Madrid head resigns after shoplifting video, masters scandal

MADRID, April 25 (Reuters) - The head of the region of Madrid Cristina Cifuentes resigned on Wednesday after a turbulent month for the People’s Party (PP) politician which included claims she had falsified her masters degree and been caught shoplifting in 2011.

Madrid has always been a stronghold for the centre-right party, led by Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, but is under growing pressure from market-friendly Ciudadanos which has jumped ahead in the polls amid PP corruption scandals.

A close circuit TV video published by newspaper OK Diario on Wednesday showed Cifuentes emptying her handbag for a security guard in a local supermarket after being accused of taking anti-aging cream.

Cifuentes, before tending her resignation, said taking the cream, worth around 40 euros, had been an “involuntarily error”. (Reporting by Paul Day; editing by Jesús Aguado)

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