Spain Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy forced to step down amid ongoing European turmoil

Spain’s parliament has deposed Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy 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.

An absolute majority of 180 legislators voted for the motion on Friday, making Rajoy the first prime minister to be removed in a no-confidence vote since Spain transitioned to democracy in 1977.

Speaking before the vote, Rajoy appeared to have accepted his fate and congratulated Sanchez on his new position.

It has been an honour to be the prime minister of Spain, It has been an honour to leave behind a better Spain than the one that I found when I took over government.

I wish my substitute will be able to say the same.

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