Mariano Rajoy’s Government first to lose confidence vote in Spain’s history

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Mariano Rajoy’s Government first to lose confidence vote in Spain’s history

Socialist leader Pedro Sanchez took over as Spain’s prime minister on Friday, after parliament toppled his predecessor Mariano Rajoy in a no-confidence vote triggered by a corruption scandal involving members of his center-right party.

Lawmakers stood and cheered as Sanchez - who had earlier promised to try to steer the country through to mid-2020 when the parliamentary term ends - became the country’s seventh head of government since its return to democracy in the late 1970s.

But Rajoy’s departure after six years in office casts one of the euro zone’s top four economies into an uncertain political landscape, just as another - Italy - pulled back from early elections.