Picture shows ruling Popular Party (PP) headquarters in Madrid on Feb. 11, 2016. / AFP / GERARD JULIEN
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A former minister and high-ranking member of Spain's ruling Popular Party (PP) testified in a televised corruption inquiry Friday, in a first for the conservative grouping that has been hit by a relentless series of scandals.Esperanza Aguirre, president of the PP in the Spanish capital region and a former education and culture minister under former prime minister Jose Maria Aznar, was questioned over alleged embezzlement by members of the Madrid chapter of the party."As far as I know, there is no illegal financing at the PP in Madrid," the 64-year-old, who was regional president for nine years, told local lawmakers.Asked how she could have ignored the alleged illegal practices at her party, Aguirre responded that she had supervised annual budgets worth 17 billion euros ($19 billion) and could not have known about the activities of every single member.
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