Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez’s trip to Marrakech with his family has ignited a heated political debate on Spanish media, with the Spanish People’s Party (PP) branding it as a provocative act.
As per Spanish media reports, the trip does not include any official government agenda, leading to criticism from opposition leaders who accuse Sanchez of ignoring the nation’s pressing issues.
Reacting to the Prime Minister’s vacation plans, Deputy Secretary of the PP, Miguel Tellado, described the trip as a “clear provocation that responds to the arrogance of the character.”
Tellado further criticized Sanchez for refusing to engage in self-criticism and accused him of dismissing crucial national matters while enjoying his vacation.
“It would be good for him to return from Morocco accepting his electoral defeat, that you cannot be president at any price, and that the time has come for PP and PSOE to sit down and talk,” said Tellado, making reference to Sanchez’s refusal to meet with PP leader Feijóo during the week.
In a tweet, Cuca Gamarra, Feijóo’s general secretary, pointed out the economic challenges facing Spain while questioning the timing of the Prime Minister’s trip.
“Only” Sánchez “goes on vacation in peace” when Spain is grappling with its “third worst unemployment figure in July since 2008, the third worst figure for affiliation since 2012,” and has witnessed a loss of “6,819 self-employed workers and 2,281 companies,” wrote Gamarra.
Defending the trip, sources from La Moncloa emphasized that it is a “strictly private” vacation, completely funded by President Sanchez’s personal resources and devoid of any official engagements.
They clarified that despite opponents and media speculating about the destination, Sanchez remained in Madrid until this Tuesday when he took a commercial flight to Marrakech.
The choice of Marrakech as a vacation destination has attracted attention due to recent changes in the Spanish government’s stance on the Western Sahara issue and the alleged Pegasus case, which has now been archived, hinted El Pais.
La Moncloa has confirmed that Sanchez will resume his political activities following this break. Nevertheless, the trip has underscored the growing divide between the ruling PSOE and the opposition PP, with critics insisting that the nation’s challenges demand immediate attention and action from the Prime Minister.