Pedro Sanchez puzzled

Spanish Prime Minister suspends office as his wife is being investigated for corruption

Pedro Sanchez

Pedro Sanchez

Photo: Associated Press

Spain's prime minister, Pedro Sanchez, has suspended public duties "to pause and reflect" on whether to continue working, after a court launched a preliminary investigation into his wife. 

In a statement, the Spanish leader said that he needed to decide urgently "whether he should continue to lead the government or give up this honor", reports the BBC.

The court said it was responding to allegations of corruption against Begona Gomez. 

Sanchez has said that his wife would defend her honor and cooperate with the judiciary. 

The complaint against Begona Gomez was brought by anti-corruption activists Manos Limpias (Clean Hands), who have been involved in a number of high-profile court cases in recent years and are led by a man linked to the far right. 

The Spanish prime minister said he would make a decision on Monday, April 29, after reflecting on whether it was worth staying in office "despite the mud" into which the far right was trying to turn politics.