By Steve Dellar  |  06-01-2018   News
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Just as one Mediterranean country seems to have found a solution to its problems, another one falls into a political abyss. Whilst Italy hailed the arrival of a new government, Spain saw its Prime Minister being forced out of office as the result of a corruption probe.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Ashamed of <a href="https://twitter.com/marianorajoy?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@marianorajoy</a>. He should have resigned himself like I demanded. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Spain?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Spain</a> is in meltdown and not a european democracy anymore. But the good news! Soon when Rajoy is not PM anymore, his crimes against humanity in <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Catalonia?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Catalonia</a> will be investigated. <a href="https://t.co/g5snX1XLNM">https://t.co/g5snX1XLNM</a></p>&mdash; Mikko Kärnä (@KarnaMikko) <a href="https://twitter.com/KarnaMikko/status/1002214733964042240?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 31, 2018</a></blockquote>

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Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, who had ruled Spain since 2011, was forced out of office by a no-confidence vote in parliament today as the Iberian peninsula heads for an uncertain future.

Related coverage: https://thegoldwater.com/news/27325-Spain-Podemos-Leadership-Survives-Chalet-Gate-Vote

As per the rules of its constitution, the socialist leader Mr. Pedro Sanchez, who called for the no-confidence vote but doesn’t have the necessary votes to rule by a majority, has to take over as Prime Minister and will be sworn into office this weekend.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Breaking News: Mariano Rajoy, Spain&#39;s prime minister, has lost a no-confidence vote over a corruption scandal. His ouster amplifies political uncertainty in southern Europe. <a href="https://t.co/99lmJhQWDj">https://t.co/99lmJhQWDj</a></p>&mdash; The New York Times (@nytimes) <a href="https://twitter.com/nytimes/status/1002484691193262080?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 1, 2018</a></blockquote>

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The events took place after the High Court in Madrid convicted Mr. Luis Bárcenas, the treasurer of the Partido Popular of which Mr. Rajoy is the chairman, of receiving bribes, tax crimes, and money laundering and slapped him with a 33-year jail sentence. Given that Mr. Rajoy acted a de facto overseer of the party’s treasurer, one of the smaller parties (the northern Basque party) in his coalition government gave up their trust in him leaving him five votes short to survive the no-confidence vote.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Mariano Rajoy leaves parliament in Madrid after being forced out as Spanish PM<a href="https://t.co/i81EerXWiS">https://t.co/i81EerXWiS</a> <a href="https://t.co/U8Mm34BNFS">pic.twitter.com/U8Mm34BNFS</a></p>&mdash; BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) <a href="https://twitter.com/BBCWorld/status/1002496053059280897?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 1, 2018</a></blockquote>

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The events leave Spain, Europe’s fourth-largest economy in disarray. Socialist center-left Mr. Sanchez hopes to get support from the extreme left party Podemos, who have found themselves in the midst of a scandal in earlier weeks when their leader, Mr. Pablo Iglesias, was found to be buying a luxury villa in what some have dubbed ‘chalet-gate’ (see our related coverage).

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https://elpais.com/elpais/2018/06/01/album/1527839469_531431.html

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