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Spain's Corrupt Government Falls in Vote of No Confidence

• by Mike Mish Shedlock

Kiss Mariano Rajoy goodbye: Rajoy Was Ousted in Spanish No-Confidence Vote.

Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy of Spain lost a no-confidence vote on Friday, ousting one of Europe's longest-serving leaders from office over a major corruption scandal within his conservative party.

Pedro Sánchez, the leader of the main opposition Socialist Party, is set to replace Mr. Rajoy as prime minister as soon as this weekend. But with Mr. Sánchez's party holding just 84 of the 350 seats in Parliament, his mandate could be short-lived, paving the way for another general election.

The situation in Spain is different from Italy's populist upheaval, though, since none of Spain's main parties contest the country's membership of the European single currency or promise an immigration clampdown.

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