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Spanish PM to speak on corruption case

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July 22, 2013 10:50 AM EST | AP


MADRID — Spain's prime minister will address Parliament on a slush-fund scandal that is rocking his ruling Popular Party after opposition parties threatened to present a no-confidence motion.

Mariano Rajoy said Monday he expected to make the address at the end of July or beginning of August.

Rajoy has become mired in a controversy concerning former Popular Party treasurer Luis Barcenas, who has been jailed while under investigation for running a slush fund and having huge secret Swiss bank accounts.

Rajoy's name is among top party members alleged to have received under-the-table payments from Barcenas, something he vigorously denies.

After it was found Rajoy had been exchanging friendly text messages with Barcenas as recently as a few months ago, the opposition threatened a no-confidence motion unless he explained himself to Parliament.