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  • Pablo Iglesias Turrion is a Spanish politician who took the role of secretary-general of Podemos in 2014.

    Pablo Iglesias Turrion is a Spanish politician who took the role of secretary-general of Podemos in 2014. | Photo: Público

Former Spanish Prime Minister Rodriguez Zapatero was praised for mediating between the Venezuelan government and the opposition.

The secretary-general of Spain's anti-austerity Podemos party has accused his country's ruling Popular Party of using the situation in Venezuela as a "smoke screen," referring to it every time they're approached with corruption cases.

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Pablo Iglesias Turrion said “ I am going to be very sincere: I doubt very much that the leaders of the PP (Popular Party) are concerned about the situation in Venezuela, basically because the instability in other countries is absolutely indifferent to them.”

He urged the Popular Party to behave responsibly “It’s prudent to not use the internal situation of a region to do your politics.”

He also expressed the hope that "our country (Spain) had a serious foreign policy of state, to assume that all Latin American countries are brothers of Spain and that we have to maintain a correct diplomatic relationship regardless of who governs.”

He praised the work of the former Spanish Prime Minister Rodriguez Zapatero who has been mediating between the Venezuelan government and the opposition.

The incumbent Mariano Rajoy's Popular Party has been caught up in the recent corruption allegations.

Dozens of PP members, including a former economy minister and IMF chief Rodrigo Rato, have been investigated in graft cases.

Rajoy himself also has been called to testify as a witness at a trial on July 26 following a nine-year investigation into an alleged party slush fund.

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