Historic Swearing-In

New Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez took the oath of office this weekend before King Felipe.

It was the first time a censure motion in parliament changes the country’s leader of government.

The swearing-in was also the first one without a Bible and a crucifix next to the Constitution.

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Sánchez, a Socialist, acknowledged the King and pledged loyalty to him, but did not bow as many monarchists do.

King Presides Over Change Of Power

King Felipe today signed documents to formalize a change of power in Spain, from Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy to Pedro Sánchez.

Sánchez led a censure motion against Rajoy over corruption allegations. It was the first to succeed in Spanish history.

Congress President Ana Pastor delivered the notice to His Majesty at Zarzuela Palace soon after the vote.

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Sánchez will take the oath of office before King Felipe Saturday morning.