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Spanish Prime Minister removed from office over corruption

Spanish Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy has been forced out of office by a no-confidence vote in parliament.

Socialist leader, Pedro Sánchez, who filed the motion after Mr Rajoy’s party was implicated in a corruption scandal, will become prime minister.

A total of 180 parliamentarians backed the motion, 169 voted against, with one abstention.

“We’re going to sign a new page in the history of democracy in our country,” Mr Sánchez said during vote.

Mr Sánchez secured a majority in the vote after gaining support from various smaller parties, including the Basque Nationalist Party.

DAILY POST reports that Rajoy is the first prime minister in modern Spanish history to be defeated in a no-confidence motion.

The leader of the conservative Popular Party (PP) has been prime minister since 2011.

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