Spanish Minister Resigns, Saying Prime Minister Will Turn Page on Graft

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Spanish Culture Minister Maxim Huerta resigned following reports he’d been sanctioned for tax fraud.

In a televised statement in Madrid Wednesday, Huerta said he’d paid a fine to the Spanish tax authorities after an inspection found he’d breached the rules by billing media clients through a limited company from 2006 to 2008. He said the tax rules had been changed retroactively and that the matter had only gone to court because he challenged the decision.

“I have taken a very important decision by myself and thinking of the things I most believe in — culture and transparency,” he said. “I do it knowing I am absolutely innocent.”

Socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez took power at the start of the month after uniting disparate factions in Parliament to bring down former Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy in a no-confidence vote. Sanchez rallied the opposition forces amid a public outcry after the National Court convicted former officials from Rajoy’s People’s Party for corruption.

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