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Spain's Aznar pressed on WMDs

From CNN Madrid Bureau Chief Al Goodman

Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar, left, with President Bush.
Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar, left, with President Bush.

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MADRID, Spain (CNN) -- Spain's opposition Socialist Party Wednesday formally requested that conservative Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar explain to parliament what happened to Iraq's reputed but still undiscovered weapons of mass destruction.

Despite widespread opposition among Spaniards Aznar staunchly supported the U.S.-led war, which he justified by the existence of Iraq's alleged possession of the illegal weapons.

"The U.S. and British governments are under scrutiny to prove the existence of these weapons, and Aznar could save them a lot of trouble if he would just produce the evidence here," said spokesman Felix Albertos.

Socialists presented the request Wednesday -- hours before British Prime Minister Tony Blair faced questions on the issue from the British Parliament -- because they had become aware of what he called "flagrant lies" about the weapons from the U.S. and British governments. (Full story)

Opposition parties recently have questioned Aznar in various parliamentary sessions about the missing weapons, but the Socialists' request is the first call for a parliamentary session dedicated exclusively to these weapons.

However, Aznar, who commands an absolute majority in parliament, could stall the appearance at the session or reject it, Albertos said.

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