Friday, 1 June 2018

Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy ousted in no-confidence vote amid corruption scandal

Spain's prime minister has been ousted in a vote of no confidence following a corruption scandal.
Mariano Rajoy admitted defeat ahead of the vote on Friday morning and departs after six-and-a-half years as the country's leader.

He is the first Spanish prime minister to lose such a vote since Spain transitioned to democracy in 1977.

The no-confidence vote hands power to the opposition Socialists, led by Pedro Sanchez, thanks to a narrow majority they hold in the 350-lower seat house.

The motion to dismiss Mr Rajoy, called by Mr Sanchez, passed by just 11 votes.

Mr Sanchez, 46, is expected to be appointed prime minister by Monday after King Felipe VI swears him in, and will appoint his cabinet next week.

SKY    News.

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