FORMER Prime Minister of Spain, José María Aznar has resigned as honorary chairman of the Popular Party after 12 years, he announced in a letter posted on his website on December 20.
Possibly timed to cause some problems for any response, in his letter to current Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy who was absent on a trip to New York he said “I want to communicate to you, via these lines, my decision to resign as honorary chairman of the Popular Party.”
According to the former prime minister he wishes to resign for a number of reasons including the decision by the Faes Foundation a conservative think tank of which he is chairman to split from the party because of disagreements over policy and the treatment of former Mayor of Valencia Rita Barberá who he believes was treated badly by the party.
He also stated that for the first time since 1979 he would not be attending the party conference being held in February although he would continue to be an ordinary member of the PP.
He also thanked grassroots members of the party for all that they have done for Spain and for him personally although he pointedly spared no thanks for Mr Rajoy although he wished him well for the future.