Spain conservatives stress jobs in electoral plan

AP News
Posted: Nov 01, 2011 5:37 AM
Spain conservatives stress jobs in electoral plan

Conservatives widely expected to win Spain's upcoming general election are promising tax cuts for businesses and other economic stimulus measures as the country struggles with a 21.5 joblessness rate.

But they elude any specifics on what this will cost and how Spain will meet deficit-reduction targets.

The Popular Party released its 214-page program on its website Tuesday, a day after its executive committee approved it during a meeting at which newspapers said there were members who had not even seen the whole document.

Party leader Mariano Rajoy is expected to win a landslide majority in the Nov. 20 election. He would inherit an economy that reportedly posted zero growth in the third quarter, amid many other woes.