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Socialist Sanchez Topples Rajoy to Become Spain's Prime Minister

Socialist Sanchez Topples Rajoy to Become Spain's Prime Minister
Spain's new Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, left, shakes hands with Spain's outgoing Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy after a vote on a no-confidence motion at the Lower House of the Spanish Parliament in Madrid Friday. (PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/AFP/Getty Images)

Friday, 01 June 2018 06:52 AM

The Socialist-led opposition ousted Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy with a no-confidence vote Friday.

Rajoy conceded defeat in a short speech to parliament before the vote after opposition groups pledged their support to Socialist leader Pedro Sanchez to take over as premier.

Going into the debate on Thursday, Sanchez had the backing of the anti-establishment group Podemos and some Catalan separatists in what Rajoy has derided as a "Frankenstein coalition." The Basque Nationalists also swung behind the motion, handing Sanchez a majority.

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The Socialist-led opposition ousted Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy with a no-confidence vote Friday.
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