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Rajoy Sworn in as new PM

Tue 20th Dec 2011
Rajoy Sworn in as new PM

Today's swearing in ceremnony of Spain's new prime minister, Mariano Rajoy, has seen the leader speak of the plans that me has in store for the country under his Partido Popular administration. Rajoy has been noticably quiet with regards to his policies since being elected into office last month.

Amongst the changes that he spoke about briefly, in response to the opposition leader's call for clarification, was his intention to keep Spain's age of retirement at 67.

He also spoke of his intention not to introduce any tax increases.

Aside from issues surrounding the economy, Rajoy announced that he intends to ensure that all Spain's public holiday now fall on Monday's in a bid to bring the tradition of 'taking a puente' when a holiday falls mid-week, to an end.

The important religious fiestas, such as Christmas Day, New Years Day etc... which are based on specific date will obviously remain unchanged, however the intention is to increase the overall productivity of the country whisly ensuring that a satisfactory number of rest days are allowed for.

Rajoy also spome of giving incentives to companies who promote a healthy work-life balance for their employees.

The leader of the opposition, Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba, had earlier called upon the new PM to state his intentions concerning the possibility of an increase in the rate of IVA and called upon the Partido Popular not to reverse the controversial Same-sex marriage laws.

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