Spain’s King Juan Carlos abdicates, announces Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy

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Spain’s King Juan Carlos abdicates, announces Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy

THE King of Spain has abdicated, just days after a poll revealed the vast majority of Spaniards believe the Royal family is linked to corruption.

Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy announced the news this morning.

His son Crown Prince Felipe will become the country’s next king.

The 76-year-old Juan Carlos oversaw his country’s transition from dictatorship to democracy but has had repeated health problems in recent years.

He has  also been mired in a string of Royal scandals over recent years, including claims that his family were involved in corruption and an embarrassing elephant-shooting trip.

The king came to power in 1975, two days after the death of longtime dictator Francisco Franco.

His son-in-law Inaki Urdangarin is still facing trial over claims that he syphoned millions of euros from public money in a sports promotion scandal.

In a poll released last week 85% of Spaniards believe the Royals are linked to corruption.

“His Majesty King Juan Carlos has just told me of his wish to renounce the throne and begin the succession process of succession,” Rajoy said during the press conference.

So far, no reason has been given for his abdication.

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  1. I hear on BBC breakfast this morning that the constitution will have to be amended to allow him to abdicate, but it was only a few weeks ago that the Spanish government stated that Catalunia could not hold a referendum on independence as it was not in the constitution and that could not be changed. Typical Spanish government, only accept what suits them.

  2. Other than serve as actors/actresses for staged ceremonial or publicity events – what does the Monarchy REALLY DO TODAY to help guide the country? Considering all housing & living & expense costs paid by Taxpayers – you could hire Antonio Banderas, Brad Pitt, Bardem, Clooney, et al and Penelope Cruz, et al for same events at FAR less expense to Taxpayers – at better attendance too! As in several countries, The Monarchy has become disfunctional but expensive over the past 40 years

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