Spain: The rise and fall of Mariano Rajoy

Spanish PM To Be Ousted In

He could be sworn into office as soon as Saturday. The central government approved his second list before Rajoy was ousted.

In Berlin, a government spokesman said Germany hoped for a stable government in Madrid.

Mr Rajoy became Spain's first sitting Prime Minister to stand witness in a trial over the corruption cases, believed to have taken place between 1999 and 2005, and many called for him to resign.

Seibert said "Rajoy contributed decisively during his time in government to Spain being able to work its way out of the serious economic and financial crisis of its own".

Rajoy's departure after six years in office may lead to a spell of political uncertainty in the euro zone's fourth-largest economy, just as the third-largest - Italy - pulls back from early elections.

In the end, 180 members of Spain's parliament backed the motion versus 169 who voted against it.

"I am aware of the responsibility I am assuming, of the complex political moment our country is going through, and I will rise to all the challenges with humility and dedication", Sanchez told reporters.

He vowed to build consensus among political parties to "transform and modernize" Spain and "address the social urgencies of many people who suffer precariousness and inequality".

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The motion paves the way for a takeover by opposition socialist PSOE party leader Pedro Sanchez, his archrival.

To secure this victory, Mr Sánchez has had to enlist the support of Catalan separatist parties, who... Rivera said his party would be "very attentive to the concessions" that are made.

Barring any last-minute U-turn, an absolute majority of lawmakers, among them Catalan separatists and Basque nationalists, will vote through a no-confidence motion filed last week by the Socialists following a corruption scandal involving the PP.

Mr Rajoy failed to appear at a parliamentary debate yesterday afternoon raising further doubts about his future but PP secretary-general Maria Dolores de Cospeda later told journalists: "Mariano Rajoy will not resign".

In this December 22, 2017 photo, Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy leaves after a news conference in Madrid, Spain. In 2003 he took a position as a city council member in Madrid and then climbed up the Socialist party ladder, first becoming a lawmaker and then party leader in 2014. The final vote has been called for 0900 GMT.

Historic vote: Rajoy's defeat marks the first time a Spanish premier has lost a no-confidence vote since the transition to democracy in Spain after the death of dictator Francisco Franco in 1975.

He has already committed to respecting a budget passed by Mr Rajoy, and the fragmented parliament means Sanchez will find it hard to row back on structural reforms passed by his predecessor, including new labour laws and cuts in healthcare and education.

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