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Spanish PM defends minister on ETA warning

Spanish PM defends minister on ETA warning

Spain's premier is defending his interior minister amid criticism he alarmed people with a rare public warning that Basque separatist militants might be planning a big attack or a kidnapping very soon.
Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero said Monday's warning by Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba was a calculated part of the ministry's strategy against the separatist group ETA.
Zapatero spoke Wednesday at a wide-ranging news conference at which he summed up the government's achievements in 2009.
Zapatero said Spain's recession-wracked economy will start to create jobs in late 2010.
He said he is not thinking about whether he will run for a third term in 2012, preferring to concentrate on economic recovery.


Updated : 2020-11-30 16:31 GMT+08:00