Thursday, July 25, 2013


Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's office Made "on" China

Spanish PM mixes up quake & train crash in condolences.

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's office mistakenly expressed condolences to Chinese earthquake victims instead of train derailment victims. 

Mariano Rajoy issues wrong condolences: Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy inspects the aftermath of Yesterday's train crash.
Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, center, inspects the aftermath of Yesterday's train crash.
A glaring typographical error by Spanish officials has embarrassed Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's administration and attracted widespread criticism as the country deals with the fallout from a train derailment that killed at least 80 people in Northern Spain on Wednesday.

Rajoy's office issued a condolence statement Wednesday that in one paragraph mistakenly conveyed sympathy for victims of Monday's earthquake in Gansu, China, in addition to the train derailment victims near Santiago de Compostela, where Rajoy is from, The Telegraph reported.

"I wish to convey my sympathy for the loss of life and the huge material damage that has resulted from the earthquake in Gansu," the error read.

It was quickly redacted and the official letter that went out to the train victims' families did not contain the gaffe.

While it's unlikely that Rajoy himself authored the mistake, the error invited scorn and ridicule in a Spanish political environment that has grown increasingly critical of him.

Rajoy is currently embroiled in a financial scandal, accused of receiving illegal campaign funds. He has repeatedly denied all allegations.

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