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Spain's Rajoy back to campaigning after punch in face

Friday, December 18, 2015 - 01:03

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy is back on the election trial after a youth punched him hard in the face during a campaign stop. Mana Rabiee reports.

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Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rahoy is back on the election trail... ... playing down the punch in the face he took from a young man during a Wednesday campaign stop at his home town. The 60-year-old was in his home region of Galicia when the young man - a minor according to police - suddenly lashed out. He was quickly arrested, although the motive for the attack is still under investigation. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) SPANISH PRIME MINISTER, MARIANO RAJOY, RESPONDING TO QUESTION 'DOES IT HURT?', SAYING; "We shouldn't make it more important than it is. We are a peaceful, civilized and moderate people, and every now and then the exception proves the rule. But there's no political consequence. We are absolutely not going to change our way of campaigning because there is an exception that proves the general rule of civilization." Despite the mark it left on Rajoy's face, the incident has not dented his confidence going into the election. He may have presided over Spain's recent economc slump, but the Prime minister's ruling People's Party is expected to win again.

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Spain's Rajoy back to campaigning after punch in face

Friday, December 18, 2015 - 01:03