Spanish Rajoy, buh bye as party leader

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🇪🇸 Spain: PM forced to resign over corruption scandal | Al Jazeera English

1 June 2018

Spain has a new prime minister after Mariano Rajoy lost a parliamentary vote of confidence ending six and half years in power.

Opposition Socialist Party leader Pedro Sánchez is the new prime minister.

Sánchez brought the no-confidence motion after members of Rajoy‘s conservative People’s Party were jailed for corruption.

Al Jazeera’s Neave Barker reports.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

Spanish former Prime Minister Rajoy also resigns as party leader

The Spanish former Prime Minister Rajoy has also resigned as leader of the Partido Popular. Last week he was sacked as prime minister in response to a major corruption scandal within his party.

… He has been a leader of the Partido Popular since 2004 and has been prime minister since 2011.

Last week, a vote of no confidence was presented in Parliament against Rajoy‘s government. Some PP leading politicians and businessmen were sentenced to long prison terms for corruption. The party itself also received a fine.

Rajoy always said that he was not aware of the corrupt practices, but the court did not think that was likely. PP politicians were paid for years by entrepreneurs in exchange for profitable orders and services. The treasurer of the party played a key role in the scandal.

Rajoy was immediately succeeded as prime minister by Pedro Sánchez, the leader of the socialist PSOE. Sanchez has announced that there will be new elections. When they will be is not yet known.

During the Franco dictatorship, Rajoy used to write for the fascist paper Arriba España.

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