Madrid leader Cifuentes resigns over supermarket ‘theft video’


The head of Spain’s Madrid region has stepped down amid shoplifting allegations, weeks after being accused of faking a master’s degree.

Cristina Cifuentes condemned as a personal attack the publication of a video from 2011 showing her handing items to a supermarket security guard.

It is claimed she had taken two pots of anti-ageing cream worth €40 (£35; $50).

Ms Cifuentes, 53, gave up her master’s last week when it emerged that two signatures on the document were forged.

A prominent figure in Spain’s ruling centre-right PP (Partido Popular), Ms Cifuentes had already come under pressure from political opponents to resign because of the degree affair.

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