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Spain's Rajoy denies wrongdoing in kickbacks scandal

Spanish Prime Minister and the ruling People's Party (PP) leader Mariano Rajoy presides over his party's national executive committee in Madrid February 2, 2013. The People's Party denied on Thursday that Rajoy and other leaders received payments from a slush fund after a newspaper published what it said were secret party accounts. El Pais published images of excerpts of almost two decades of handwritten accounts that it said were maintained by People's Party treasurers. The newspaper said the accounts showed 11 years of payments to Rajoy of 25,200 euros ($34,200) a year. REUTERS/Susana Vera

Spanish Prime Minister and the ruling People's Party (PP) leader Mariano Rajoy presides over his party's national executive committee in Madrid February 2, 2013. The People's Party denied on Thursday that Rajoy and other leaders received payments...more

Spanish Prime Minister and the ruling People's Party (PP) leader Mariano Rajoy presides over his party's national executive committee in Madrid February 2, 2013. The People's Party denied on Thursday that Rajoy and other leaders received payments from a slush fund after a newspaper published what it said were secret party accounts. El Pais published images of excerpts of almost two decades of handwritten accounts that it said were maintained by People's Party treasurers. The newspaper said the accounts showed 11 years of payments to Rajoy of 25,200 euros ($34,200) a year. REUTERS/Susana Vera
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Spanish Prime Minister and the ruling People's Party (PP) leader Mariano Rajoy gestures as he presides over his party's national executive committee in Madrid February 2, 2013. The People's Party denied on Thursday that Rajoy and other leaders received payments from a slush fund after a newspaper published what it said were secret party accounts. El Pais published images of excerpts of almost two decades of handwritten accounts that it said were maintained by People's Party treasurers. The newspaper said the accounts showed 11 years of payments to Rajoy of 25,200 euros ($34,200) a year. REUTERS/Susana Vera

Spanish Prime Minister and the ruling People's Party (PP) leader Mariano Rajoy gestures as he presides over his party's national executive committee in Madrid February 2, 2013. The People's Party denied on Thursday that Rajoy and other leaders...more

Spanish Prime Minister and the ruling People's Party (PP) leader Mariano Rajoy gestures as he presides over his party's national executive committee in Madrid February 2, 2013. The People's Party denied on Thursday that Rajoy and other leaders received payments from a slush fund after a newspaper published what it said were secret party accounts. El Pais published images of excerpts of almost two decades of handwritten accounts that it said were maintained by People's Party treasurers. The newspaper said the accounts showed 11 years of payments to Rajoy of 25,200 euros ($34,200) a year. REUTERS/Susana Vera
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Spanish Prime Minister and the ruling People's Party (PP) leader Mariano Rajoy presides over his party's national executive committee in Madrid February 2, 2013. The People's Party denied on Thursday that Rajoy and other leaders received payments from a slush fund after a newspaper published what it said were secret party accounts. El Pais published images of excerpts of almost two decades of handwritten accounts that it said were maintained by People's Party treasurers. The newspaper said the accounts showed 11 years of payments to Rajoy of 25,200 euros ($34,200) a year. REUTERS/Susana Vera

Spanish Prime Minister and the ruling People's Party (PP) leader Mariano Rajoy presides over his party's national executive committee in Madrid February 2, 2013. The People's Party denied on Thursday that Rajoy and other leaders received payments...more

Spanish Prime Minister and the ruling People's Party (PP) leader Mariano Rajoy presides over his party's national executive committee in Madrid February 2, 2013. The People's Party denied on Thursday that Rajoy and other leaders received payments from a slush fund after a newspaper published what it said were secret party accounts. El Pais published images of excerpts of almost two decades of handwritten accounts that it said were maintained by People's Party treasurers. The newspaper said the accounts showed 11 years of payments to Rajoy of 25,200 euros ($34,200) a year. REUTERS/Susana Vera
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Spanish Prime Minister and the ruling People's Party (PP) leader Mariano Rajoy presides over his party's national executive committee in Madrid February 2, 2013. The People's Party denied on Thursday that Rajoy and other leaders received payments from a slush fund after a newspaper published what it said were secret party accounts. El Pais published images of excerpts of almost two decades of handwritten accounts that it said were maintained by People's Party treasurers. The newspaper said the accounts showed 11 years of payments to Rajoy of 25,200 euros ($34,200) a year. REUTERS/Susana Vera

Spanish Prime Minister and the ruling People's Party (PP) leader Mariano Rajoy presides over his party's national executive committee in Madrid February 2, 2013. The People's Party denied on Thursday that Rajoy and other leaders received payments...more

Spanish Prime Minister and the ruling People's Party (PP) leader Mariano Rajoy presides over his party's national executive committee in Madrid February 2, 2013. The People's Party denied on Thursday that Rajoy and other leaders received payments from a slush fund after a newspaper published what it said were secret party accounts. El Pais published images of excerpts of almost two decades of handwritten accounts that it said were maintained by People's Party treasurers. The newspaper said the accounts showed 11 years of payments to Rajoy of 25,200 euros ($34,200) a year. REUTERS/Susana Vera
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Spanish Prime Minister and the ruling People's Party (PP) leader Mariano Rajoy sits next to PP Secretary General Maria Dolores de Cospedal (L) and board member Javier Arenas during a national executive committee meeting in Madrid February 2, 2013. The People's Party denied on Thursday that Rajoy and other leaders received payments from a slush fund after a newspaper published what it said were secret party accounts. El Pais published images of excerpts of almost two decades of handwritten accounts that it said were maintained by People's Party treasurers. The newspaper said the accounts showed 11 years of payments to Rajoy of 25,200 euros ($34,200) a year. REUTERS/Susana Vera

Spanish Prime Minister and the ruling People's Party (PP) leader Mariano Rajoy sits next to PP Secretary General Maria Dolores de Cospedal (L) and board member Javier Arenas during a national executive committee meeting in Madrid February 2, 2013....more

Spanish Prime Minister and the ruling People's Party (PP) leader Mariano Rajoy sits next to PP Secretary General Maria Dolores de Cospedal (L) and board member Javier Arenas during a national executive committee meeting in Madrid February 2, 2013. The People's Party denied on Thursday that Rajoy and other leaders received payments from a slush fund after a newspaper published what it said were secret party accounts. El Pais published images of excerpts of almost two decades of handwritten accounts that it said were maintained by People's Party treasurers. The newspaper said the accounts showed 11 years of payments to Rajoy of 25,200 euros ($34,200) a year. REUTERS/Susana Vera
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Spanish Prime Minister and ruling People's Party (PP) leader Mariano Rajoy (L) listens to board member Javier Arenas as they wait for the start of a national executive committee meeting in Madrid February 2, 2013. The People's Party denied on Thursday that Rajoy and other leaders received payments from a slush fund after a newspaper published what it said were secret party accounts. El Pais published images of excerpts of almost two decades of handwritten accounts that it said were maintained by People's Party treasurers. The newspaper said the accounts showed 11 years of payments to Rajoy of 25,200 euros ($34,200) a year. REUTERS/Susana Vera

Spanish Prime Minister and ruling People's Party (PP) leader Mariano Rajoy (L) listens to board member Javier Arenas as they wait for the start of a national executive committee meeting in Madrid February 2, 2013. The People's Party denied on...more

Spanish Prime Minister and ruling People's Party (PP) leader Mariano Rajoy (L) listens to board member Javier Arenas as they wait for the start of a national executive committee meeting in Madrid February 2, 2013. The People's Party denied on Thursday that Rajoy and other leaders received payments from a slush fund after a newspaper published what it said were secret party accounts. El Pais published images of excerpts of almost two decades of handwritten accounts that it said were maintained by People's Party treasurers. The newspaper said the accounts showed 11 years of payments to Rajoy of 25,200 euros ($34,200) a year. REUTERS/Susana Vera
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Spanish Prime Minister and the ruling People's Party (PP) leader Mariano Rajoy (C) sits during a national executive committee meeting in Madrid February 2, 2013. The People's Party denied on Thursday that Rajoy and other leaders received payments from a slush fund after a newspaper published what it said were secret party accounts. El Pais published images of excerpts of almost two decades of handwritten accounts that it said were maintained by People's Party treasurers. The newspaper said the accounts showed 11 years of payments to Rajoy of 25,200 euros ($34,200) a year. Also seen are PP Secretary General Maria Dolores de Cospedal (2nd L) and board members Carlos Floriano (L), Javier Arenas and Esteban Gonzalez Pons (R). REUTERS/Susana Vera

Spanish Prime Minister and the ruling People's Party (PP) leader Mariano Rajoy (C) sits during a national executive committee meeting in Madrid February 2, 2013. The People's Party denied on Thursday that Rajoy and other leaders received payments...more

Spanish Prime Minister and the ruling People's Party (PP) leader Mariano Rajoy (C) sits during a national executive committee meeting in Madrid February 2, 2013. The People's Party denied on Thursday that Rajoy and other leaders received payments from a slush fund after a newspaper published what it said were secret party accounts. El Pais published images of excerpts of almost two decades of handwritten accounts that it said were maintained by People's Party treasurers. The newspaper said the accounts showed 11 years of payments to Rajoy of 25,200 euros ($34,200) a year. Also seen are PP Secretary General Maria Dolores de Cospedal (2nd L) and board members Carlos Floriano (L), Javier Arenas and Esteban Gonzalez Pons (R). REUTERS/Susana Vera
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Spanish Prime Minister and the ruling People's Party (PP) leader Mariano Rajoy gestures as he presides over his party's national executive committee in Madrid February 2, 2013. The People's Party denied on Thursday that Rajoy and other leaders received payments from a slush fund after a newspaper published what it said were secret party accounts. El Pais published images of excerpts of almost two decades of handwritten accounts that it said were maintained by People's Party treasurers. The newspaper said the accounts showed 11 years of payments to Rajoy of 25,200 euros ($34,200) a year. REUTERS/Susana Vera

Spanish Prime Minister and the ruling People's Party (PP) leader Mariano Rajoy gestures as he presides over his party's national executive committee in Madrid February 2, 2013. The People's Party denied on Thursday that Rajoy and other leaders...more

Spanish Prime Minister and the ruling People's Party (PP) leader Mariano Rajoy gestures as he presides over his party's national executive committee in Madrid February 2, 2013. The People's Party denied on Thursday that Rajoy and other leaders received payments from a slush fund after a newspaper published what it said were secret party accounts. El Pais published images of excerpts of almost two decades of handwritten accounts that it said were maintained by People's Party treasurers. The newspaper said the accounts showed 11 years of payments to Rajoy of 25,200 euros ($34,200) a year. REUTERS/Susana Vera
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Spanish Prime Minister and the ruling People's Party (PP) leader Mariano Rajoy sits with PP Secretary General Maria Dolores de Cospedal (L) and board member Javier Arenas (R) during a national executive committee meeting in Madrid February 2, 2013. The People's Party denied on Thursday that Rajoy and other leaders received payments from a slush fund after a newspaper published what it said were secret party accounts. El Pais published images of excerpts of almost two decades of handwritten accounts that it said were maintained by People's Party treasurers. The newspaper said the accounts showed 11 years of payments to Rajoy of 25,200 euros ($34,200) a year. REUTERS/Susana Vera

Spanish Prime Minister and the ruling People's Party (PP) leader Mariano Rajoy sits with PP Secretary General Maria Dolores de Cospedal (L) and board member Javier Arenas (R) during a national executive committee meeting in Madrid February 2, 2013....more

Spanish Prime Minister and the ruling People's Party (PP) leader Mariano Rajoy sits with PP Secretary General Maria Dolores de Cospedal (L) and board member Javier Arenas (R) during a national executive committee meeting in Madrid February 2, 2013. The People's Party denied on Thursday that Rajoy and other leaders received payments from a slush fund after a newspaper published what it said were secret party accounts. El Pais published images of excerpts of almost two decades of handwritten accounts that it said were maintained by People's Party treasurers. The newspaper said the accounts showed 11 years of payments to Rajoy of 25,200 euros ($34,200) a year. REUTERS/Susana Vera
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Spanish Prime Minister and the ruling People's Party (PP) leader Mariano Rajoy sits next to PP Secretary General Maria Dolores de Cospedal as they wait for the start of a national executive committee meeting in Madrid February 2, 2013. The People's Party denied on Thursday that Rajoy and other leaders received payments from a slush fund after a newspaper published what it said were secret party accounts. El Pais published images of excerpts of almost two decades of handwritten accounts that it said were maintained by People's Party treasurers. The newspaper said the accounts showed 11 years of payments to Rajoy of 25,200 euros ($34,200) a year. REUTERS/Susana Vera

Spanish Prime Minister and the ruling People's Party (PP) leader Mariano Rajoy sits next to PP Secretary General Maria Dolores de Cospedal as they wait for the start of a national executive committee meeting in Madrid February 2, 2013. The People's...more

Spanish Prime Minister and the ruling People's Party (PP) leader Mariano Rajoy sits next to PP Secretary General Maria Dolores de Cospedal as they wait for the start of a national executive committee meeting in Madrid February 2, 2013. The People's Party denied on Thursday that Rajoy and other leaders received payments from a slush fund after a newspaper published what it said were secret party accounts. El Pais published images of excerpts of almost two decades of handwritten accounts that it said were maintained by People's Party treasurers. The newspaper said the accounts showed 11 years of payments to Rajoy of 25,200 euros ($34,200) a year. REUTERS/Susana Vera
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Spanish Prime Minister and ruling People's Party (PP) leader Mariano Rajoy gestures as he presides over his party's national executive committee in Madrid February 2, 2013. The People's Party denied on Thursday that Rajoy and other leaders received payments from a slush fund after a newspaper published what it said were secret party accounts. El Pais published images of excerpts of almost two decades of handwritten accounts that it said were maintained by People's Party treasurers. The newspaper said the accounts showed 11 years of payments to Rajoy of 25,200 euros ($34,200) a year. REUTERS/Susana Vera

Spanish Prime Minister and ruling People's Party (PP) leader Mariano Rajoy gestures as he presides over his party's national executive committee in Madrid February 2, 2013. The People's Party denied on Thursday that Rajoy and other leaders received...more

Spanish Prime Minister and ruling People's Party (PP) leader Mariano Rajoy gestures as he presides over his party's national executive committee in Madrid February 2, 2013. The People's Party denied on Thursday that Rajoy and other leaders received payments from a slush fund after a newspaper published what it said were secret party accounts. El Pais published images of excerpts of almost two decades of handwritten accounts that it said were maintained by People's Party treasurers. The newspaper said the accounts showed 11 years of payments to Rajoy of 25,200 euros ($34,200) a year. REUTERS/Susana Vera
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Protesters are lit by the headlights of cars as they sit in the middle of the road to cut off traffic during a demonstration in Madrid February 1, 2013. Spain's ruling People's Party denied on Thursday that Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and other leaders received payments from a slush fund after a newspaper published what it said were secret party accounts. El Pais published images of excerpts of almost two decades of handwritten accounts that it said were maintained by People's Party treasurers. The newspaper said the accounts showed 11 years of payments to Rajoy of 25,200 euros ($34,200) a year. The sign reads: "Make them return what they stole!"". REUTERS/Susana Vera

Protesters are lit by the headlights of cars as they sit in the middle of the road to cut off traffic during a demonstration in Madrid February 1, 2013. Spain's ruling People's Party denied on Thursday that Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and other...more

Protesters are lit by the headlights of cars as they sit in the middle of the road to cut off traffic during a demonstration in Madrid February 1, 2013. Spain's ruling People's Party denied on Thursday that Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and other leaders received payments from a slush fund after a newspaper published what it said were secret party accounts. El Pais published images of excerpts of almost two decades of handwritten accounts that it said were maintained by People's Party treasurers. The newspaper said the accounts showed 11 years of payments to Rajoy of 25,200 euros ($34,200) a year. The sign reads: "Make them return what they stole!"". REUTERS/Susana Vera
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A protester screams at a driver as they cut off traffic during a demonstration in Madrid February 1, 2013. Spain's ruling People's Party denied on Thursday that Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and other leaders received payments from a slush fund after a newspaper published what it said were secret party accounts. El Pais published images of excerpts of almost two decades of handwritten accounts that it said were maintained by People's Party treasurers. The newspaper said the accounts showed 11 years of payments to Rajoy of 25,200 euros ($34,200) a year. The sign the protester is holding reads: "Resignation, they do not represent us!" REUTERS/Susana Vera

A protester screams at a driver as they cut off traffic during a demonstration in Madrid February 1, 2013. Spain's ruling People's Party denied on Thursday that Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and other leaders received payments from a slush fund after...more

A protester screams at a driver as they cut off traffic during a demonstration in Madrid February 1, 2013. Spain's ruling People's Party denied on Thursday that Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and other leaders received payments from a slush fund after a newspaper published what it said were secret party accounts. El Pais published images of excerpts of almost two decades of handwritten accounts that it said were maintained by People's Party treasurers. The newspaper said the accounts showed 11 years of payments to Rajoy of 25,200 euros ($34,200) a year. The sign the protester is holding reads: "Resignation, they do not represent us!" REUTERS/Susana Vera
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A protester holds a sign that reads "Resignation", as they cut off traffic during a demonstration in Madrid February 1, 2013. Spain's ruling People's Party denied on Thursday that Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and other leaders received payments from a slush fund after a newspaper published what it said were secret party accounts. El Pais published images of excerpts of almost two decades of handwritten accounts that it said were maintained by People's Party treasurers. The newspaper said the accounts showed 11 years of payments to Rajoy of 25,200 euros ($34,200) a year. REUTERS/Susana Vera

A protester holds a sign that reads "Resignation", as they cut off traffic during a demonstration in Madrid February 1, 2013. Spain's ruling People's Party denied on Thursday that Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and other leaders received payments from...more

A protester holds a sign that reads "Resignation", as they cut off traffic during a demonstration in Madrid February 1, 2013. Spain's ruling People's Party denied on Thursday that Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and other leaders received payments from a slush fund after a newspaper published what it said were secret party accounts. El Pais published images of excerpts of almost two decades of handwritten accounts that it said were maintained by People's Party treasurers. The newspaper said the accounts showed 11 years of payments to Rajoy of 25,200 euros ($34,200) a year. REUTERS/Susana Vera
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