5 takeaways from the overthrow of Mariano Rajoy

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The new prime minister will have an even weaker minority government than his predecessor, but won’t be in a hurry to call elections.

  • Diego Torres
  • Politico

MADRID — Mariano Rajoy is out. Pedro Sánchez is in. Welcome to a new era in Spain.

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy attends a session at the Lower House of Parliament in Madrid on May 30, 2018, two days before the assembly will debate a no-confidence motion against his government. - The Socialists filed the motion seeking Rajoy's ouster in parliament, a day after a court fined his Popular Party for benefiting from illegal funds in a massive graft trial. Spain's National Court said it had uncovered a vast system of bribes given to former PP officials in exchange for lucrative public contracts between 1999 and 2005. (Photo by PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU / AFP) (Photo credit should read PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/AFP/Getty Images)

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy attends a session at the Lower House of Parliament in Madrid on May 30, 2018, two days before the assembly will debate a no-confidence motion against his government. – The Socialists filed the motion seeking Rajoy’s ouster in parliament, a day after a court fined his Popular Party for benefiting from illegal funds in a massive graft trial. Spain’s National Court said it had uncovered a vast system of bribes given to former PP officials in exchange for lucrative public contracts between 1999 and 2005. (Photo by PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU / AFP) (Photo credit should read PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/AFP/Getty Images)

Sánchez, leader of the Socialists, won enough backing in parliament on Friday for a motion of no confidence in Rajoy, shortly after a court ruling in a graft scandalinvolving former officials from the prime minister’s Popular Party.

It was a fast, hostile political operation aimed at Rajoy’s fragile minority government — and it worked.

Sánchez managed to assemble an unlikely coalition — labeled “Frankenstein” by rivals — with the far-left Podemos, two…

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