The Spanish Congress has this morning concluded a historic vote of no-confidence that removes Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy from office.
It is the first time in Spanish democratic political history that an incumbent Prime Minister has been removed from office. Mariano Rajoy had refused to step down before the vote was taken. He said that he had the “trust of the people who voted for him at the 2016 election”.
The motion of no-confidence was presented by the opposition Socialist Party (PSOE) last week following a ruling in the Spanish courts over a major corruption scandal known as the Gürtel scheme. Rajoy’s Popular Party (PP) was fined for having benefited from the kickbacks-for-contracts network.
Socialist (PSOE) leader Pedro Sánchez, will take Rajoy’s place, despite his 84 seats being insufficient for a majority of the 350 elected representatives. The PSOE were forced to look for support from other parties, including Basque and Catalonian nationalists.
The motion was successful with 180 delegates voting to oust the Prime Minister.