The Popular Party, which has ruled with an absolute majority since winning an election landslide in September 2011, hit back at the opposition call for the prime minister to step down.
“It is pitiful that Rubalcaba, in his distress, is calling for resignations in collusion with the lies of a man under police investigation,” said Carlos Floriano, the Popular Party’s deputy secretary.
Rajoy, backed by his party’s solid majority, has resisted calls to answer questions in parliament over the scandal. He was expected to face the press yesterday, however, after hosting a visit by Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk.
A Spanish judge remanded Barcenas to custody on June 27 over allegations including money laundering and tax fraud. He said the move was aimed at preventing him from fleeing and to preserve evidence.
Barcenas is being investigated over tens of millions of euros he allegedly stashed in Swiss bank accounts.