Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy forced out of office

Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy forced out of office

Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy forced out of office

Written by Keshala Dias

01 Jun, 2018 | 4:27 pm

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has been forced out of office by a no-confidence vote in parliament.

Out of 350 members of parliament, 180 lawmakers voted in favour the no-confidence motion, 169 voted against, and one abstained.

Rajoy is one of Europe’s longest serving heads of government and the first prime minister to be ousted in a no-confidence vote since Spain transitioned to democracy in 1977.

Rajoy has been prime minister since 2011.

Socialist leader Pedro Sánchez will become prime minister, BBC reports.

“We’re going to sign a new page in the history of democracy in our country,” Sánchez said ahead of the vote.

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