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Spain’s government was on Tuesday facing a potentially damaging scandal after the country’s interior minister was revealed to have held a private meeting in his office with Rodrigo Rato, the disgraced former head of the IMF at the centre of multiple fraud investigations.
Jorge Fernández Díaz, the interior minister, said he would give parliament a full explanation of the meeting with Mr Rato, but his officials have insisted the talks were “exclusively personal”. A statement from the ministry said the discussion between the two men did not touch on any of the ongoing judicial investigations against Mr Rato.
Opposition leaders, however, sense an opportunity to inflict damage on the government ahead of a regional election in Catalonia next month and a general election later in the year. “When a minister receives a formal suspect it can never be a personal issue,” said Antonio Hernando, a senior Socialist party member.
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