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17:09, 02 June 2018

Pedro Sánchez is sworn in as Spain&#039s new prime minister


Pedro Sánchez is sworn in as Spain&#039s new prime minister

Spanish Socialist Pedro S&aacutenchez has been sworn in as the country’s new prime minister by King Felipe after the ousting of conservative Mariano Rajoy.

Mr S&aacutenchez, who is an atheist, took the oath to shield the constitution with no a bible or crucifix – a first in Spain’s contemporary history.

He plans to see out the remaining two years of the parliamentary term.

The Socialist leader won the support of six other parties to take away Mr Rajoy over a huge corruption scandal.

As Spain’s new prime minister, whose celebration only has a quarter of the seats in parliament, he now has to determine who to incorporate in his cabinet and is anticipated to name them next week.

In a short ceremony at the royal residence in Madrid on Saturday, Mr S&aacutenchez, 46, promised to “faithfully fulfil” his duties “with conscience and honour, with loyalty to the king, and to guard and have guarded the constitution as a fundamental state rule”.

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Mr S&aacutenchez brought about the downfall of his predecessor Mr Rajoy by filing a no confidence motion in parliament following a scandal centred on a secret campaign fund that the conservative People’s Celebration (PP) ran from 1999 till 2005.

Mr Rajoy is the 1st prime minister in contemporary Spanish history to be defeated in a no-self-assurance motion.

Meanwhile, Catalonia’s new regional government was also sworn in on Saturday, ending seven months of imposed direct rule from Madrid.

The new Catalan President Quim Torra, who is a close ally of ousted separatist leader Carles Puigdemont, said that he was committed to continuing the drive for the region’s independence from Spain.

Who is Spain’s new prime minister?

Profile by Guy Hedgecoe, BBC News, Madrid

Pedro S&aacutenchez emerged as a virtual unknown to win the Spanish Socialist party premiership in 2014. The photogenic economist and former basketball player won members more than with a guarantee to unite a divided party and place the Socialists back in energy.

However he subsequently suffered two humbling election defeats, in 2015 and 2016. He was eventually forced to resign following his refusal to back Mariano Rajoy in an investiture vote plunged the nation into a prolonged political stalemate and his celebration into bitter infighting.

Months later he confounded his numerous critics by returning to win the Socialist main.

Spain’s constitution states that the celebration presenting a no-self-confidence motion must be prepared to govern and replace the deposed prime minister if a parliamentary majority backs it.

Consequently, this moderate but ambitious 46-year-old from Madrid is now Spain’s prime minister, despite the reality that his celebration commands much less than a quarter of seats in Congress.

What happens now?

Mr Rajoy’s departure casts the EU’s fifth-largest economy into political uncertainty.

Although Mr S&aacutenchez leads the Socialist PSOE celebration, he is not a member of parliament. Correspondents say that with only 84 lower property seats, the party will struggle to locate allies to get legislation enacted.

In return for possessing backed Mr S&aacutenchez in the parliament vote, Spain’s left-wing Podemos (We Can) celebration is likely to demand substantial policy concessions from the PSOE, and possibly some key cabinet posts.

Mr S&aacutenchez is most likely to be challenged strongly more than his plan to stick to the Rajoy price range.

Smaller groups – such as Basque and Catalan nationalists – supported the no-confidence motion against Mr Rajoy, but it is unclear whether they will back the new government.

The Ciudadanos party, which had been undertaking nicely in opinion polls, supported Mr Rajoy.

Published at Sat, 02 Jun 2018 11:15:03 +0000


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