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STAFF REPORTER PARTIDO Popular General Secretary Maria Dolores de Cospedal was in Palma yesterday to attend the presentation of the party's regional election agenda in a conference programme which will continue today.

Received by Partido Popular President in the Balearic Islands, Jose Ramon Bauza and other key party officials, Cospedal said she was confident that Spain would be saying “bye bye” to current Socialist Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero at the next general elections. According to Cospedal, this was largely due to the fact that every time there was a Socialist government in power, unemployment figures soared. Cospedal claimed that her party is defending the interests of Spain and Spaniards whilst accusing the Socialists of being “a threat to the well-being of society.” As Spain's No. 2 in the Partido Popular, Cospedal said that her team had high hopes of working towards removing what she described as the “nightmare” of the current economic situation. “People are resigned because of the crisis and don't know in which direction to turn,” she said. “We're not going to make any more cuts, or take away people's rights, but are instead going to create employment and give citizens back a sense of pride and hope.” Cospedal said she was convinced that at the regional elections to be held on 22nd May, the Partido Popular is going to paint Spain with a different colour, “one of change and renewal.” She said that during the months of economic crisis, not one single Socialist government figure had raised objections to the undermining of the rights of the individual, and were therefore, by implication, as guilty as the Prime Minister of the present “disastrous” government.