PRIME MINISTER Mariano Rajoy was in Orihuela on Friday (December 11) at a rally ahead of the elections on December 20. He is standing for re-election and has declared he wanted to “win and govern and not through a tripartite.”
The Euro Weekly News was present as the Prime Minister arrived in Orihuela receiving a welcome fit for royalty or any A-list celebrity. Over 2,000 supporters and members of the PP gathered in the Glorieta de Gabriel Miro as the Prime Minister arrived, almost an hour later than scheduled to rapturous applause.
Following speeches by the Mayor of Orihuela, Emilio Bascuñana, Foreign Minister and candidate for Congress, José Manuel García-Margallo, Provincial President of the PP, José Ciscart and Regional President Isabel Bonig, Mariano Rajoy took to the stage and used the party’s vast history and his own experience to gather support and votes compared to those who “have been around for 15 minutes.”
He recalled the difficult situation the country was in in 2011 and how he brought about changes that have seen new jobs created and the economy start to grow again.
Addressing the crowd in one of the areas of Spain which suffers most from the lack of water, Rajoy said he knew the problems and pledged to work to resolve this situation: “I assure you that I will do everything possible to finally resolve an issue that has for years remained unsolved” as he also expressed his commitment to infrastructure in southern Alicante, such as the AVE high speed train to Murcia which will be completed soon and the Mediterranean corridor.
Rajoy concluded the PP offers Spain “certainty, security, serenity and solvency.”
The Prime Minister was due to walk along Calle Calderón de la Barca to the Hotel Thudemir, but this was cancelled, as was the rally in Murcia which was planned to take place after Orihuela following the death of a Spanish policeman during an attack on the Spanish embassy in Kabul.