|Spain Socialist leader Rubalcaba tells PM Rajoy to go||
The leader of Spain's opposition Socialists has urged PM Mariano Rajoy to resign amid corruption allegations made in a centre-left newspaper.
Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba said Rajoy “cannot lead the country” as Spain faces a huge economic crisis.
El Pais has published images of ledgers showing payments to members of the governing PP. Rajoy says they are false and denies receiving payments.
Protests against Rajoy were held on Saturday in several cities.
An online petition demanding the leader's resignation has gathered more than 740,000 signatures.
Mr Rubalcaba said Rajoy should “cede his place to another leader”.
“His presence is not going to help resolve this political crisis,” he said.
El Pais said the photographs it had published were of ledgers kept by former treasurers Luis Barcenas and Alvaro Lapuerta between 1990 and 2009.
Money was allegedly paid by firms via Mr Barcenas, who stepped down in 2009 and is currently under investigation for money-laundering.
El Pais splashed photos of the alleged ledgers on its website on Thursday.
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