Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said Sunday that during the term in office that is approaching its midpoint he has had as his objective "imposing order" with reforms, and he promised to continue that until the end of his mandate.
"We have not come into government to do nothing, but rather to decide and to govern," Rajoy said in an address at the close of the center-right Popular Party's National New Generations Convention.
Rajoy, who this coming Wednesday will have been in office for two years after the PP obtained an absolute majority in national elections, admitted that during his mandate he had had to make some very difficult decisions.
"We've made reforms that nobody had ever made," Rajoy said, adding that the basis had been established whereby, if another crisis emerges in the future, Spain will be prepared.
Despite the difficulties, he said that he will not leave the reforms "half-done" and that he will pursue the road that has been selected "fully and to the end."
The harsh austerity measures adopted by the government and the profound economic crisis, which has seen an unemployment rate of 26 percent, have taken their toll on the PP, which according to a public opinion poll published Sunday by the daily El Mundo has lost about a third of its support, although it still remains ahead of the Socialist Party, the major opposition force.
Over the past two years, the PP has lost 14 percentage points in the national polls, or 31 percent of its original support, "something never seen in a first term," the daily said.
Nevertheless, the PP would win elections - if held today - with 30.6 percent of the votes vs. 27 percent for the Socialists, according to a survey conducted by El Mundo and Sigma Dos, which also found that 85 percent of the people surveyed feel that Rajoy should have already made changes in the government.
The sovereign aspirations of some sectors of the northeastern region of Catalonia is another of the issues brewing in Rajoy's current term and he referred to it by saying that he will not enter into "games of division, confrontation and return to the past."
Rajoy said that Spain is "one great nation" and warned that he will not accept "anyone playing with (Spanish) national sovereignty" alluding to the stance of some Catalonian parties favoring holding a popular referendum in that region. EFE