Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy toppled in no-confidence vote

Jun 01, 2018, 7:34 AM EDT
Outgoing Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy defended his tainted party earlier on Thursday.
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Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy was ousted from office after he lost a no-confidence vote on Friday, as various small parties joined hands to unseat the leader whose party has been implicated in a massive corruption scandal.

Pedro Sánchez, the leader of Spain’s opposition socialist PSOE party, which piloted the no-confidence motion against Rajoy, will become the new prime minister, writes the BBC.

Spain, one of the European Union’s top four economies, stares at an uncertain political situation with Sanchez likely to struggle in taking the government through to the end of the parliamentary term in mid-2020 given that he has only 84 Socialist deputies in the 350-member legislative assembly, reports Reuters.