Alfredo Pérez Rubalcaba, the leader of the socialist party, the largest opposition group in the Spanish parliament, announced on July 16 that he will table a no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, if the premier refuses to answer questions from MPs about the corruption scandal currently engulfing him.

His announcement comes in the wake of testimony by former People’s Party treasurer Luis Bárcenas saying that Rajoy received irregular bonuses worth €45,000 in 2009 and 2010.

El País points out that with the no-confidence motion, which could be filed in late July or early August, Rubalcaba has opted for —

… the sole parliamentary instrument that is capable of breaching the palisade that the People’s Party majority has erected around Rajoy [...] Recourse to a no-confidence motion is the formula that will ensure that the corruption debate, which the People’s Party has been avoiding, will take place.