May 31, 2018 / 5:02 PM / 6 months ago

Spain's PM Rajoy will not resign ahead of no-confidence vote: PP senior member

Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy gestures during a motion of no confidence debate at Parliament in Madrid, Spain, May 31, 2018. Juan Carlos Hidalgo/Pool via REUTERS

MADRID (Reuters) - Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy will not resign ahead of a vote of confidence in his leadership on Friday, the Secretary-General of his People’s Party (PP), Maria Dolores de Cospedal, said on Thursday.

“Mariano Rajoy will not resign,” de Cospedal said in a press conference on the sidelines of a debate in parliament ahead of the vote which has taken all day and will continue on Friday morning ahead of the vote.

Rajoy’s hours in office appeared numbered on Thursday after a Basque political party said it would back the no-confidence vote brought over a corruption case, paving the way for Socialist leader Pedro Sanchez to take power.

Reporting By Jesús Aguado; editing by Sonya Dowsett

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