Spain PM Mariano Rajoy ousted by parliament, replaced by Socialist leader

Spain’s parliament ousted Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy Friday in a no-confidence vote sparked by fury over his party’s corruption woes, paving the way for a takeover by opposition leader Pedro Sanchez.

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An absolute majority of 180 lawmakers voted for the motion, making Rajoy the first prime minister to be ousted in a no-confidence vote since Spain transitioned to democracy in 1977. There were 169 no votes and one lawmaker abstained.

The 46-year-old Sanchez is now the prime minister-in-waiting. Spain’s King Felipe VI still has to swear him in.

Rajoy, one of Europe’s longest-serving heads of government, lost the vote following corruption convictions last week involving former members of his conservative Popular Party.

 

AFP

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