Spanish Prime Minister suspends duties over wife’s corruption inquiry

Spain’s Prime Minister, Pedro Sánchez, has temporarily stepped down from his public duties as he contemplates his future leadership role over ongoing corruption-related inquiry about his wife.

The Prime Minister has announced that he will make a final decision on his political future by Monday, April 29. 

The shock announcement came after a Spanish court said earlier on Wednesday it was launching a preliminary investigation into whether Sanchez’s wife Begona Gomez committed a crime of influence peddling and corruption in business in her private dealings.
The court’s investigation follows accusations by the anti-corruption group Manos Limpias (Clean Hands), known for its involvement in several high-profile cases and its connections to the far right. The group has raised concerns over Gómez’s activities, prompting judicial scrutiny.
In a heartfelt statement, Sánchez expressed the personal toll the allegations have taken, saying: “I need to decide urgently whether I should continue to lead the government or renounce this honour.”
He emphasised his wife’s commitment to defending her integrity, stating that, “My wife will defend her honour and work with the judiciary.”


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