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Spanish Prime Minister Rajoy ousted over scandal

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Staff Writer | June 1, 2018
Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has lost a no-confidence vote, with a majority of lawmakers voting to remove him from office on Friday.
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Rajoy's defeat in parliament sets the stage for Pedro Sanchez, who leads the socialist PSOE party, to become prime minister.

The vote was triggered by a scandal involving Rajoy's centre-right People's Party (PP), which saw former PP members handed jail sentences this month for their part in the long-running Operacion Guertel corruption case.

The sting looked at Spanish businessmen who were bribing PP politicians in exchange for lucrative public contracts, with the party receiving a EUR250,000 fine as a result.