In the first interview of Rajoy after leaving office in early June by the motion of censorship led by the socialist leader Pedro Sanchez, the ex-leader of the PP has spoken with students from the International SEK University of Quito during his visit to the Ecuadorian country.
"I have to say that we do battle (the motion of censure) There was a debate where it became clear that there was no reason for a motion of censure and that it should go ahead, it is the first time in the history of Spain since 1977, more than forty years, whoever won the elections does not govern, "he lamented.
Rajoy recalled that the PP won the elections and "the most surprising thing" was that a motion of censure was made three days after the government had pushed forward the budgets, "which is the most important rule presented in Parliament to throughout the year. "
"We should ask the PNV why a party that approves budgets after three days changes its mind … There has probably been a lack of personality or fear of what some sectors of some corners of the Basque Country could have said," he added. .
In the interview, Rajoy reviews all his work at the head of the Government and, regarding his departure, he says he feels "a very happy man" with his current life. "I'm not going to say that I was unhappy during my more than thirty years of politics because then I would be recognizing that I was a very unhappy man throughout my life, which is not true, but people had to make decisions and people Many times he does not understand them, so now, I'm better, "he explained.
He also defended his work, highlighting that when he became president in 2011, Spain was "a country on the verge of bankruptcy, with a monumental deficit" and when leaving the Government "it was a respected country. This is because when I left there were two million more people working than when I arrived, "he said.
Asked about other political leaders, he has recognized that Sanchez is "a persevering man giving the battle in his party and to achieve goals", although "another thing is the value judgments, which do not proceed when talking about the good". About the "popular" leader, Pablo Casado, pointed out that he is a "young but expert" politician with "a lot of enthusiasm, desire and drive".
Rajoy refers to the leader of Podemos, Pablo Iglesias, as "a man of good personal treatment, which in modern times is to be appreciated", although he has stressed that his "coincidences with him are what everyone knows". And for the president of C's, Albert Rivera, has indicated that "we must recognize the merit of making a match where there was nothing."
The former president has said that his relationship with the Kings was "great" during his term and as "lights" of his Government has highlighted the economic recovery or the end of ETA "without anyone paying a political price." "The shadows are difficult, because to punish oneself when there are so many volunteers to do it …", he said ironically.
Rajoy has concluded ahead of time that he sees Spain in ten years "much better than today" and, in Latin America, has offered a "recipe" for Venezuela. "I want for her the same as for Spain: democracy, freedom, democratic parties and representative institutions," he said.